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IT Manager's Journal: Why JCP Was Forced to Change its Act

Oct 21, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Preimesberger)

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"Active membership in the Java Community Process (JCP) can be extremely valuable for an IT company, in terms of directly helping to advance the Java standard and for bringing international attention, respect, and prestige to the company itself. But, as is inevitable in large organizations, politics has caused an unseemly stench in the JCP, and things have changed big time in the community the last few years.

"Back in January, I wrote an article for C/net's Builder.com on why Java developers were becoming disenchanted with the JCP, one of the few community organizations that uses a version number (currently 2.5). Whereas it started out as a friendly little community in which people knew everybody else by their first names and worked together fairly harmoniously as a team to move the standard ahead, in recent years it had become Java the Hutt--fat, slow-moving, and not too friendly to outsiders..."

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