Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and one - Google- against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members -- Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil -- did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote, on a final approval ballot.
Java SE 7 features accommodations for multi-core processors and dynamic scripting as well as an API for access to common file system operations while still allowing for platform-specific code. Apparently, however, Oracle is still getting heat over its dispute with the Apache Software Foundation over a technology compatibility kit and licensing for the Apache Harmony version of Java. Many committee members protested Java licensing in the comments section accompanying the vote. The dispute dates back to when Sun Microsystems was in charge of Java; Oracle acquired Sun early in 2010. Apache resigned from the committee late last year.