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March 28, 2002 -- Certainly the most talked about news to come out of the Java Community Process (JCP) this JavaOne, Jason Hunter, vice president of the Apache Software Foundation and JCP Executive Committee member, announced that Apache has agreed with Sun and JCP members to secure the rights to implement open source Java specifications. Java Specification Request (JSR) 99 will change the Java Specification Agreement (JSPA), which all participating JCP members must sign, so that all open source projects will have a chance to enable Java implementations.
JSR 99 also proposes free access to test compatibility kits (TCKs) for qualified nonprofits and individuals, and, for those wanting to run the TCKs, a scholarship program for access to Sun's support services. This JSR also proposes setting limitations on how specification leads determine licensing terms and allowing a JSR's reference implementation and TCK to be licensed separately. The JCP plans to release JSR 99 for public review this May, with a final release planned for August.
Due to the intense pressure placed upon Sun to close the door on the open source issues plaguing the company in recent months, these JSRs now overshadow the other specifications currently brewing in the JCP. The Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) 2.0, the Mobile Media API, and JavaServer Faces, all scheduled for release this year, are among the JSRs the Java community is currently reviewing. During "JCP Initiative: An Update," Onno Kluyt, manager of the JCP program office, highlighted those and other JSRs to watch out for in the coming months.
Lead by Motorola, JSR 118 proposes to improve MIDP's security model. MIDP 2.0 will support end-to-end transactional security with HTTPS. It will also support 2D games and sound. In addition, Version 2.0 will feature a more powerful UI (user interface) and layout controls. Currently in public review, JSR 118 is scheduled for release in third quarter 2002.
A compatible subset of MIDP 2.0, the proposed Mobile Media API will enable playback and control of media-based data on devices based on the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Connected Device Configuration (CDC) technologies. Nokia leads this project, which will support tone generation, sampled audio, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and video. This JSR has completed its public review and will be released in April.
Oracle's proposed Data Mining API would offer vendor-neutral access to data-mining systems and would satisfy Java's need for a standard way to mine data. The proposed JSR would support the following:
Community review will begin in June. Oracle is expecting much community feedback on this JSR and has scheduled a release date of January 2003.
Proposed by Sun, JavaServer Faces would allow creation of rich UIs with JavaServer Pages (JSPs). With no HTML/HTTP dependencies and a portable architecture, JavaServer Faces would increase Web developers' productivity. Currently an expert group is writing the community draft, which it will release for public review this spring. At that time, the JCP will also make an early access release available.