The Java Community Process (JCP) program applauds the community's Star Spec Leads.
These leaders earned this honor through their efficient, prompt, and transparent
communication with their Expert Group, the Program Management Office (PMO), and the
Executive Committee (EC). They used community web pages, observer aliases, and other
tools to communicate with their expert group, the JCP program community, and the public.
They kept their Java Specification Requests (JSRs) on schedule by making sure their team
stayed focused and felt appreciated. The JCP program congratulates and honors these Star
For a while, the physics of high raise steel buildings held a certain
allure for Jose Cronembold as an academic pursuit. Soon his interests
gravitated towards writing software tools for building virtual
structural models. The tools he worked on integrated computer graphics
for 3D modeling, finite elements for the structural modeling, and
artificial intelligence for the structural design. Jose's academic work
earned him two masters, one in Civil Engineering and the other in
Architecture, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Over the years, Jose has become ever more enthusiastic about developing
easy-to-use integrated software tools. Now a senior development manager
at Oracle, he designed and implemented an application framework that
serves as the platform for multiple Oracle products, including Oracle
JDeveloper and Oracle SQL Developer. These are easy to use integrated
development environments (IDEs) for building Java and SQL applications,
Before joining Oracle, Jose previously worked on several IDEs, including
IBM's Visual Age for Basic, and Visual Edge's UIMX for building C++
applications. In 1996, Jose started to work on an IDE for building Java
applications, his first project with Java technology. By 2003, he was
involved in the JCP program as a Spec Lead for JSR 198, A Standard
Extension API for Integrated Development Environments. Currently he is
an Observer of JSR 227, A Standard Data Binding & Data Access Facility
As the Spec Lead of JSR 198, Jose made sure that the Expert Group was
diverse and included members from companies implementing IDEs and
IDE-based products. This made the group international, as several
members were from different countries. Once the group was formed, the
first order of business was to define the scope of the JSR. To do so,
Jose proposed a comprehensive list of JSR specific topics for group
discussion. Once the scope was clearly defined, Jose created a roadmap
that the group followed to take the JSR to completion.
The discussions among the 20 members of the Expert Group were primarily
done through the group mailing list. When necessary, the group also got
together for conference calls. On one occasion, when several members of
the group were attending the JavaOne Conference in 2004, the group also
met in person to resolve some of the issues under discussion. While most
of the group participated in the discussions, the actual implementation
of the JSR and TCK was done by the Spec Lead and another Oracle
employee, Brian Duff, who was also a member of the Expert Group.
Collaborating on the JSR work was greatly simplified by using the
java.net private projects. Jose found java.net to be "a great asset for
working on a JSR. The source control provided by the site through
Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) allowed multiple people to work on a
JSR while keeping a versioned history of the progress."
Jose calls the USA, Canada, Bolivia, and Argentina home. He enjoys
playing soccer, running, reading science fiction books, and watching a
Go to the Star
Spec Lead Program page for more information.
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