Java News from Thursday, June 18, 2009

There's a redesigned Java Community Process website and a townhall to announce it this morning, June 18, at 11:00 AM EDT:

Less cosmetically, the Java Community Process itself has been upgraded to version 2.7. "In the interest of making every aspect of the program more transparent, Expert Groups must fully disclose the licensing terms for the specification, Reference Implementation (RI), and Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK). They are now obliged to state publicly the transparency techniques they plan to employ and these methods are included on EC ballots. The terms of service for any of the transparency methods must also be included by the Spec Lead. Expert Groups are now discouraged from labeling material “Confidential.” They also must publish and respond to public comments before the EC ballots are started. Requests for Maintenance changes to a JSR must also be publicly viewable and addressed by the Maintenance Lead."