Doug Lea, an academic-independent and a former JCP Executive Committee member, released on Friday an open letter to his colleagues and the Java community explaining why he will be no longer seeking another Executive Committee term. "I believe that the JCP is no longer a credible specification and standards body, and there is no remaining useful role for an independent advocate for the academic and research community on the EC."
As companies like SpringSource and Google forge quickly ahead in API releases and product collaborations, important projects that sit within the Java Community Process (JCP) space seem to suffer stagnation. A common point of contention for James Gosling before his departure from Oracle, the JCP has taken another high-profile blow as a long standing member and advocate expresses his disillusionment with the process.
"Some have argued that JCP was never a credible standards body. I once disagreed: Sun initially placed in the JSPA and Process documents enough rules to ensure that the JCP could foster innovation, quality, and diversity, independent of that from Sun, with few enough (albeit annoying) exceptions to allow JCP to drive consensual progress more successfully than seen in most standards bodies. However, some of these rules, and violations of rules, have been found to be the source of stalemates and lost technical ground. Rather than fixing rules or ceasing violations, Oracle now promises to simply disregard them." Says Doug Lea in his open letter to the community.
The full letter can be found at oswego.edu