I wanted to introduce two important things in java, the JCP and JSR in this article. A java guy must be knowing about these and no excuse. Java community process gives us the public an opportunity to participate in the development and maintenance of the Java platform. This is one of the best thing in java. It gives us a voice to raise our concern, ask for a feature we love and change the way java works.
JCP was launched by Sun Microsystems on December, 1998. JCP was created long back just after three years from the creation of java. JCP is still alive and going great. Can we attribute the success of java platform to JCP?
jcp.org is the website and we can register in it. Registering in website, enables us to use it in a better way but that does not make us a JCP member. It is governed by a membership program for which we need to register separately. As of the moment of writing we have following options to register as a JCP member,
Registration process is kind of cumbersome.
JCP gives annual awards in the following three categories,
So how do we participate? Java specification request (JSR) is the mechanism provided by JCP to participate in it. JSR is a formal documentation that describes the technology request in detailed manner. A JSR can be initiated by a JCP member. It goes through multiple stages and finally for implementation. At any time there will be multiple JSRs in different stages.
I recommend you to choose a JSR which you like and join its mailing list. Let it be your first step. Go through that JSR and try to understand it and follow it in different stages. When it gets implemented, you will have nice hold on it and may be that will take you to the next level of actively participating in a JSR.