JSON-B Public Review Draft Now Available
These two APIs together are extremely important in making JSON a first class citizen of the standard Java platform, just like JAXP (Java API for XML Processing) and JAXB (Java API for XML Binding) did many years ago for XML. With these two APIs in place Java developers can simply think of JSON as yet another Java serialization format. No more third party libraries and no more configuration - things will simply work out of the box when it comes to processing JSON. In my view these APIs are so critical they should indeed be moved to a modular Java SE release, much like JAXB and JAXP are already a part of Java SE.
You can download and take a look at the draft specification from the JCP site. A release of the reference implementation is also available here, complete with Maven coordinates. You should also note the read-only GitHub mirror. If you are looking for a gentler introduction, the best resource is a slide deck from specification lead Dmitry Kornilov (click here if you can't see the embedded slide deck).
You should do your part demonstrating first hand that JSON-B is a critical standard for Java - by engaging actively. Here are the many ways you can engage (most of this comes directly from the Adopt-a-JSR page I drafted while still at Oracle):
- You can join the specification itself as an expert or a contributor. You can do that via the JCP page for the specification.
- You can have your JUG officially support the standard through Adopt-a-JSR.
- You can simply join the discussion without any ceremony by subscribing to the JSON-B specification user alias.
- You can share ideas and feedback, possibly by entering issues in the public issue tracker.
- You can read the public draft specification now.
- You can try out the reference implementation now.
- You can write or speak about JSON-B now.
- You can encourage others to participate.