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Java EE 6 Platform (JSR 316) Approved by JCP Executive Committee

Posted by editor on December 2, 2009 at 7:09 AM PST

As Roberto Chinnici points out, the JCP Executive Committee has approved JSR 316, the Java EE 6 specification. Roberto says that "the final release will happen on December 10, when GlassFish v3 will be available.

Roberto notes that:

Several other Java EE component JSRs were approved at the same time: Servlet 3.0, JPA 2.0, EJB 3.1, Connector 1.6, CDI 1.0. All other components, be they full JSRs or maintenance releases (MRs, for insiders), had been previously approved. I should also mention here that, being part of the platform JSR (JSR-316) the Java EE 6 Web Profile too was approved, and so was the Managed Beans 1.0 specification I talked about in prior blog entries. So, yes, now we really have profiles in Java EE: let's put them to good use!

The Java EE 6 approval, however, was not without dissent. In the voting, only 12 of the 16 members of the Java SE/EE Executive Committee voted to approve the Java EE 6 specification. Two members abstained (SAP AG and Intel Corp.), one member voted against approval (Apache Software Foundation), and one member did not vote (SpringSource).

None of the members found the technical aspects of the specification to be lacking in critically important matters. IBM, which voted to approve the specification, noted:

With the exception of the JSR 330 and JSR 299 injection support defined by the EE 6 platform, we believe that this new specification brings value to the industry. We remain concerned that the injection support defined by the platform will create unnecessary difficulties for the community. IBM will continue to support both expert groups in the development of a single integrated and extensible injection programming model.

Intel stated:

We were not satisfied with some of the information accompanying this ballot and have informed the Spec Lead. No technical issues. It's a good spec.

Both SAP AG and Apache Software Foundation cited actions by the tech lead (Sun) related to licensing as the reason for their abstention and no votes. SAP is:

disappointed that Sun Microsystems as the Spec Lead of the Java EE 6 specification has not managed to produce the promised "full license terms" of the Java EE 6 TCK until the begin of the two week voting window for Java EE 6. Given the complexity of this license, we are unfortunately not in a position to complete a thorough legal review. At a minimum, we would expect that the TCK is not used to prevent access to the Java marketplace, including open source implementations. This JSR has been filed in July 2007; we believe there would have been ample time to share and discuss the proposed full license terms with the community.

For the Apache Software Foundation, this was a sufficiently significant issue for them to vote "no" on approving JSR 316:

The Apache Software Foundation's vote is based on the point of view that this spec lead - Sun - is in violation of the JSPA and therefore shouldn't be allowed to lead other JSRs until the above matter is resolved.

Still, both SAP and Apache both stated that their voting decisions were not a reflection of the technical merits of Java EE 6.

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Developers are divided on the issue of whether or not Java should be fully open sourced. On the one hand, some say handing the Java Community Process (JCP) over to the industry at large would create an open field for different implementations and features to compete and improve. Skeptics to this view say this "free market" scenario would be the death of the language and that Java needs a centralized leadership to keep it focused...

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As Toni reported here, we were in Zurich end of last week, where we gave a 1 hour introduction to the NetBeans Platform to the Swiss JUG. There were just under 30 people in attendance, some with a NetBeans Platform background, some with an Eclipse RCP background, some with a JSR-296 background, and some without foreknowledge of these frameworks. Here's a pic of me and the group, taken by Toni...

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We released
GlassFish v2.1.1
at the end of October.
As with
GlassFish v2.1,
this release played two roles:
it was a public, no-fee, release, and it was also a
commercial patch for earlier versions in the GlassFish v2 family.
GlassFish v2.1.1 is, thus, also
GFv2.1 p6 and SJS AS 9.1U2 p12.
GFv2.1.1 addresses 121 new defects since the previous patch...

In today's Weblogs, Roberto Chinnici announces Java EE 6 platform approved today:

With the closing of the final approval ballot earlier today, it is now official: the JCP Executive Committee has given a green light to the release of the Java EE 6 platform specification. The final release will happen on December 10, when GlassFish v3 will be available. For more details of the ballot, with comments from several EC members, please refer to the JCP web site. Of course the excitement of the event drove me to watch live the ballot close at midnight PT and tweet about it! ...

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Mark Reinhold recently blogs about the renaissance of
closure in Java (*).
In his blog, he also wrote that in order to have closures in Java,
Java will have to include another feature named
extension methods. As you may already know, I'm a big fan of closures but
the introduction of extension methods in Java really scary me...

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