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[jakartaee-platform-dev] about the status of atinject

Good afternoon!

Had an interesting discussion with David Blevins today. 
It seems that atinject (JSR-330) is not part of the JavaEE donation from Oracle to the Eclipse Foundation.

This is likely correct as Oracle doesn't own any IP in javax.inject - except the name 'java' in javax.
All the rest of the work is owned by the community which drove atinject. That is Bob Lee, Gavin King, Paul Hammant, JÃrgen HÃller maybe. I was loosely involved on the CDI side of the fence, so I roughly remember the people involved but likely misse some. 
Main point: ALL the work (javadocs, code, 'spec') is Apache License v2 licensed. So it is all perfectly fine to be forked.

Why would we like to fork javax.inject?
In the CDI spec we always wanted to further harmonise things. Like bringing the @Nonbinding annotation over to atinject (where it belongs to, also already talked to Spring guys about it). Or enhance the @Scope annotation.

Atinject is a very core spec to JakartaEE. And neither Oracle (they don't touch anything they fully own) nor we (due to 'java' in the packagename) could enhance not a tiny bit in atinject.

So do we also want to move javax.inject to jakarta.inject while we're at it?

So far I'd strongly favour it.

What do others think?