Oracle has submitted the first of two Java Specification Requests (JSRs) that could change the way the platform is run and developed.
The request seeks to change the Java Community Process (JCP), which oversees new developments in the platform.
JSR 348 will require Java Expert Group operations to be published openly, and looks to speed up the process of introducing new additions to Java. It will also eliminate some projects that have been going on too long.
"In the past few months, Oracle and other partners in the JCP have driven a revitalisation of Java technology and standards with the approval of the JSRs for Java Platform Standard Edition 7 and 8, as well as Java Platform Enterprise Edition 7," said Patrick Curran, chairman of the JCP.
"Now, with the submission of the first JSR for JCP, we are ready to begin the evolution of the JCP itself, making it easier for individuals and organisations to participate in the process."
The proposals also call for more engagement with JCP members in the elections of Java Expert Group leaders, and changes to the way licensing terms are decided.
"It appears that Oracle is moving forward with making Java governance more agile, responsive and transparent," Al Hilwa, programme director for applications development software at IDC, told V3.co.uk.
"This is good news because Java needs to move forward at a faster pace, and is at risk of lagging behind new technologies in languages and frameworks being minted on a daily basis. Oracle appears to be taking steps to move the community forward."
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