Another defection from the JCP Executive. This time Tim Peierls leaves, questioning whether JCP is now anything more than a rubber stamp for Oracle.
"Today I resigned from the SE/EE Executive Committee of the Java Community Process. I lasted about a year before giving up hope that the ECs would ever do anything meaningful.
"The last straw for me was Oracle's failure to address the ambiguous licensing terms in JSRs 336 and 337 (the Java SE7/8 umbrella JSRs) before the EC had to vote on them. At first I abstained, but I was so dismayed by Oracle's silence that I changed my vote to No, joining the Apache Software Foundation and Google."
On the positive side, Tim isn't leaving while shouting out a message about how the sky is falling.
"But here's a funny thing: To my own surprise, I'm coming to believe something heretical, that it actually is not all that crucial for Java to move forward...the Java ecosystem is already so amazingly rich that the absence of these features (and of all the other good things planned for SE7 and SE8) in practice doesn't get in the way of real progress for developers like me, who just want to put together maintainable, type-safe programs, taking advantage of field-tested readily-available libraries and frameworks."
But regardless of what is said, the sad message is that the JCP has had another high-profile defection.Edited by: Cameron McKenzie on Dec 7, 2010 12:48 PM