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Shedding new light on No Java SE 7 JSR

Mar 31, 2009, 08:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Colebourne)

[ Thanks to Antonio Gallardo for this link. ]

"As is clear, Apache claim that Sun is in violation of the JSPA contract for both Java SE 5 and Java SE 6 platform specifications. The comments above also indicate how matters changed over the course of time.

"Given the dispute, it is clear that Apache would object to there being a Java SE 7 platform JSR without changes being made to resolve the issue. However, Apache is just one voice in the industry. The power in the JCP is held in two 16 member Executive Committes - one for Java SE/EE and one for Java ME. Clearly, therefore, Apache could be outvoted 15-1 on the SE/EE committee, and it has no vote on the ME committee.

"So, why hasn't Sun just submitted the Java SE 7 platform JSR and accepted/ignored Apache's No vote?

"Well, until recently, I thought that the reasons were all private information. However, it turns out that since September 2008, the Executive Committee meeting minutes have been openly published. As such, we can see how the Executive Committees have tried to resolve the issue. As far as I know, no journalist or blog has yet picked up on this."

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