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Making your point on standards matters

Posted by sean_sheedy on September 18, 2007 at 1:25 PM PDT

The MIDP3 Expert Group (JSR-271) is meeting this week, and if you have something on your mind that you want the EG to take notice of, now would be a good time to act. Feel strongly about something? Try the personal approach.

The MIDP3 spec lead, Mike Milikich, has done an outstanding job getting the individual developer's perspective by making the EG easy for individual JCP members to join. Additionally, many of the manufacturers and operators in the EG have close ties with their companies' developer and partner programs, and speak from the perspective of developer needs. Mike has actively encouraged the surfacing of developer perspectives since MIDP3 began.

Yet with all this work, developers tend to be underrepresented on MIDP3 and Java ME JSRs in general, simply because it is generally not feasible for individuals to travel around the globe to standards meetings on their own dime. Although operators and manufacturers try to speak from the developer perspective, it is not the same as representing yourself.

One way to get heard in MIDP3 is to email the EG at jsr-271-comments@jcp.org. Received just before this week's face-to-face meeting, your email will be fresh on the minds of the EG members.

But if you really want to make a point, make a personal connection with a like-minded EG member. Take a look at the list of participants on the JSR's home page at jcp.org. Google any individuals you find and shoot them an email, or better yet, dig further, find a phone number, and call them. You'd be surprised how few people actually do this. It really does make a difference and makes traveling to these meetings that much more worthwhile.

Remember that individual EG members cannot represent other individuals (and please don't share any of your IP), but we most certainly can raise points that we feel are important to the community. The personal approach is hardly used yet is one of the most effective methods for getting your voice heard.

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