Want Java 7 done right? Help pick the JCP Executive Committees.
This sort of the same pitch I used last year, but I think it's still valid: if you are for or against closures, properties, language-level XML support, reified generics, type literals, superpackages, or any of the other features being kicked around for Java 7 (Alex Miller has a pretty good list), then you've got a stake in the 2007 JCP Election.
The Executive Committees elected this time each year are tasked with considering and approving or rejecting the standards (JSRs) proposed to them, so along with ensuring the details of each of these features gets done right, they also approve JSRs for the final release contents of each major version of the Java platforms (ME, SE, and EE). There are other important ways to participate in the process -- read and post to relevant forums, check out the prototypes from expert groups that conduct their work in public, etc. -- but the one that ultimately counts is the thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote from the JCP EC.
And if you're a member of the JCP, this is your chance to pick them. Balloting has now begun for the elected seats on the JCP Executive Committees. JCP members can visit the Election Ballot page from now until November 13 to vote for two seats on each of the two committees. The nominees for the SE/EE committee are CodeGear, the Eclipse Foundation, Ericsson AB, Google Inc., Interface21 Inc, Klaus Meffert, and Perret Pierre-Henry. Nominees for the ME committee are Luiz Carlos Bentes dos Anjos, Intel Corp., Marlon Faria da Luz, Orange France SA, and Sean Sheedy.
Also in Java Today, Apple has posted the Java on Mac OS X v10.5 Release Notes. "J2SE 5.0 on Mac OS X v10.5 contains many new features including 64-bit Intel support, a refreshed Swing Aqua Look and Feel, improved SWT interoperability, and a Sun 2D graphics pipeline." The available versions are also worth noting: "Java on Mac OS X v10.5 is comprised of J2SE 5.0 (1.5.0_13-b05) and J2SE 1.4 (1.4.2_16-b05). J2SE 1.3 is not present on Mac OS X v10.5. J2SE 5.0 is recommended for all development and deployment on Mac OS X, and all use of J2SE 1.4 is deprecated."
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