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Java Standards Annoyances

Ben Evans (jClarity), Martijn Verburg (jClarity)
Java: Trends
Location: A106
Tags: java, standards, jcp, jsr
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)

Oracle is evil!! Java and open source are doomed! The standards
body is a zombie! .NET is going to eat our lunch. Larry’s planning
on turning you into pet food for his Velociraptors. You’ve all heard
these types of comments and many Java developers feel out of the loop
and powerless to make a difference. This session will explain why
these Interesting Times represent the best opportunity in Java’s
history for passionate developers to get involved and help to steer
Java’s open course as the premier VM and platform for software
development. If you’ve been frustrated by shortcomings in Java
standards then this is the place to come and throw fruit at us! As
your newly elected community representatives to Java’s executive
committee our mandate is to reform and streamline the standards
process and make it accessible to you, the Java developer.

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Ben Evans


Ben Evans is a senior technologist with well over 10 years professional experience developing and running world-class projects in a number of sectors including finance, gaming, media and third-sector.

His main technical interests are in building high-performance, highly scalable architectures and applying cutting-edge tech to provide competitive advantage. He has worked towards these aims over a wide range of technologies during his career.

His other driving passion is the creation and development of technical communities – from mentoring and developing junior developers, to running focused, agile development teams, through to organizing national events. He helps to organize two very active developer communities – the London Java Community (well over 2000 developers, one of the largest Java user groups in the world) and the Graduate Developer Community – which is focused on bridging the gaps between University and Industry, and improving the quality of graduates entering the profession.

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Martijn Verburg


Martijn Verburg is a Java/JEE and open source consultant who is passionate about software craftsmanship and the creative power of technical communities. He currently is the co-leader for the London JUG, runs two open source projects (PCGen and Ikasan EIP) and is a bartender at the Javaranch.

Most recently he’s been speaking at conferences (FOSDEM, DevNexus, TSSJS) and co-writing (With Ben Evans) “The Well-Grounded Java Developer” by Manning publications, which covers Java 7 and polyglot programming on the JVM.

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Martijn Verburg
07/20/2011 7:54am PDT

Hi all, so this is turning into a massive Goldfish panel with a ton of luminaries well versed in the JCP and other standards bodies! See Patrick Curran, Bruno Souza, Dan Allen and at last count 10+ other passionate standards experts engage in some real hearty debate on this topic. This is the session to go to if you want your voice and your concerns heard over the future of Java eco-system and the standards within.