From Idea to IDE - How Java Features Are Considered, Designed, And Shipped
Conference (BEGINNER level)
Room B

OpenJDK is one of the world's most influential open source communities. It drives the reference implementation of Java SE and the Java Virtual Machine, a programming language and runtime environment used daily by millions of software developers. More than that, the community drives its innovation - 15 years and counting of new language features, core library additions, performance improvements, runtime enhancements, and new tooling.
But how does it all work? How does a community of Java enthusiasts, often financed by some of the biggest tech companies yet working with self-determination, turn ideas into designs into code into features you can use in your IDE? Well, let me explain (in this talk).
Sharat Chander
Sharat Chander has worked in the IT industry for 25 years for firms including Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. His background and technical specialty is in Java development tools, graphics design, and product/community management. Sharat has been actively involved in the Java community for 25+ years, helping drive greater Java awareness, acceptance, adoption, and advocacy. As Oracle’s senior director of Java developer engagement, Sharat served as the JavaOne conference content chairperson for 10 years, drives the technical content strategy and Java community programs in multiple outreach channels, and continues to steward Java community loyalty programs for Oracle. He is a frequent keynote speaker and participant in developer programs worldwide. Sharat holds a BS in corporate finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA in international business from Loyola College, Maryland. You can often find Sharat at global developer events and Java community meet-ups. When not growing visibility for Java, he follows his passion for baseball, actively Little League teams and fanatically following his hometown Baltimore Orioles. You can find Sharat on Twitter at: