And we have the 1st winner in the GlassFish V2 Beta contest!

The GlassFish V2 Beta contest has produced its first winner, but before I talk about them, let me cover some of the interesting feedback we have been given. We had roughly 50 entries to the contest from folks all over the world - Russian Federation, Germany, Thailand and the USA to name a few - that is pretty exciting! In general, the comments are mostly very positive and some are just...interesting. Remember the engineers get all your comments and use them to A)cheer themselves up B)gripe about why you don't love the code they have sweated over for years and C)improve GlassFish!

On the Interface
"The UI looks much better than it did in previous versions" "At first glance, I really like the interface. It looks nice, clean and simple. I like a simple interface". "It is great to see a JSR admin GUI...it seems more robust that the previous version" and, my favorite: "The administration console which has more configuration options than the JBoss equivalent without being overy complex like the Weblogic equivalent"

Stability
"GlassFish is very robust and stable", "Stable product, takes little resource to to work", "Installs like a charm,...stable and reliable", "My Wicket Web app ran the first time".

Community
"Need more Japanese informations about GlassFish to increase users in Japan..same for most Asian countries)" ( I think this is true in general so please join the community and help translate documents - Ken)

Interesting Comments
"(GlassFish) can be deployed on obsolete hardware" - (Yes, and all of us are forced to use obsolete hardware at sometime! - Ken) "Really it is good to use and it was Faster than the Microsoft Product" - (I am really happy to hear this. I haven't used the MSFT Java EE 5 implementation, but look forward to the opportunity ;) - Ken)

Mac Users
"On my MacBook, the application server seems to start faster than V1". "The installation process worked well in console mode. It, however, did not work when using X11 on MacOS 10.4 for the display"

So the 1st winner (remember we have 3 more to go) is Tim Davidson out of the UK. To read his full comment just click here.

Comments:

Seriously, what do you expect the contestants to say? - "Glassfish sucks?..now, can I have that iPod?"

C'mon guys...stop fooling yourselves.

The day people start using Glassfish for how good it is rather that what you can win when you pretend to use it, will be the day you have arrived...not before.

Posted by Paris Hilton on April 01, 2007 at 04:11 PM PDT #

Seriously I think we take any kinda feedback and the one that has most value is the one that has good criticism
(one you can do something about and improve the product at the same time).

I don't believe all winners are (will be) GlassFish users.

As for people using GlassFish, look at these.

Posted by Alexis MP on April 01, 2007 at 05:25 PM PDT #

I guess you could by cynical about it OR could comment on features that are missing, bugs you find, UIs that are hard to understand or read, lack of documentation etc. What we are looking for is the best feedback that helps improve the product. We don't expect all the feedback to be positive, but we do want it to help improve things.

Posted by Ken on April 02, 2007 at 09:43 AM PDT #

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