IT Journal Entry: Graham Hamilton, VP-Java, Sun Microsystems


Author: Chris Preimesberger

Graham Hamilton is a VP and Fellow in the Java platform team at Sun Microsystems. He was the lead architect for J2SE releases 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5. His current projects include planning for post-Tiger JDK releases, an ease-of-development initiative across J2SE and J2EE, and working with Sun’s tools group on new
initiatives. On Wednesday, Sun announced the availability of the new Java
Research License
(for academics and researchers), a new general Java license, JIUL (Java Internal Use License), pronounced “Jewel.” The company also announced a new release strategy for the latest iteration of its Java 2 Standard Edition, version 6.0, planned for shipment in 2006. Source: Conference call on March 16.

ITMJ: What is the general idea behind the new licenses — and the strategy behind Sun releasing weekly builds for the Java 2 Standard
Edition 6.0 IDE?