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John "jbob" Bobowicz

John Bobowicz, aka "jbob" is one of the founders of and was the first community manager. He's been an employee of Sun Microsystems since 1997 and prior to that spent 9 years on Wall Street. He is a Java enthusiast who is always looking for excuses to code.


jbob's blog

Is binary XML an oxymoron?

Posted by jbob on March 23, 2005 at 12:53 PM PST recently reported that A W3C committee is recommending that the group create a standard for a binary XML format. The problem they are trying to solve is the inherent inefficiencies of text.

Is this a memory lapse?

Where's Apple?

Posted by jbob on October 6, 2004 at 9:37 AM PDT

In Chris Adams' recent blog entry titled "Why Mac Developers are Concerned About the J2SE 5.0 Wait" the case is made that Mac OS X is at risk as a viable development platform for Java because of the historical delays in up to date Java support within the operating system.

NetBeans IDE 4.0 Beta 2 is now available

Posted by jbob on September 30, 2004 at 1:14 PM PDT

The NetBeans open source project has announced that the NetBeans IDE 4.0 Beta 2 is now available.

65 of the 900 bugs fixed are performance related. Some of the cool enhancements include:

  • J2SE 1.5 - The tiger is in the tank of this release! Fairness Board Election Results

Posted by jbob on August 3, 2004 at 7:28 AM PDT

Lavigne (l2fprod)
is the winner of the 2004 Fairness Board Election. The current Fairness Board now consists of: Fairness Board Election Results - We have a tie.

Posted by jbob on July 22, 2004 at 9:25 AM PDT

The first Fairness Board Election has resulted in a tie between two of the candidates. Out of the total of 6 candidates in this election both Fred Lavigne (l2fprod) and Alex Winston (thealexwinston) tied for the most amount of votes. Fairness Board Election is this week.

Posted by jbob on July 12, 2004 at 5:13 AM PDT

The Fairness Board Election is happening this week. Voting is for members only and the voting period ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday, July 17, 2004.

The Fairness Board is a 3 member impartial panel that acts as oversight for to ensure the community is run fairly. Elected Fairness Board members serve a term of 2 years. Quarterly Advisory Board Meeting.

Posted by jbob on June 25, 2004 at 11:52 AM PDT

The Advisory Board is a group of well-known and well-respected academics and industry experts who advise the communities, projects, and participants of on issues related to Java™ technology and community building. This panel of experts operates in a purely advisory role. They communicate with the community both directly and through the Community Manager. welcomes our 1,000th project.

Posted by jbob on June 21, 2004 at 1:16 PM PDT celebrates another milestone with the approval of our 1,000th project. The javafirmware project became # 1,000 when it was approved for the incubator.

The Fairness Board

Posted by jbob on June 17, 2004 at 10:35 AM PDT

Nominations begin this Sunday for a seat on the Fairness Board. Here is a description of the Fairness board and how the election process works.

What is the Fairness Board?'s governance defines several Boards to help ensure the community runs smoothly and fairly. One of them is the Fairness Board. Election Announcement

Posted by jbob on June 15, 2004 at 1:35 PM PDT

One of our Fairness Board seats is up for election this year. The seat has a two year term and we will start the nomination process next week. We have created a voting project to facilitate the election.