Friday Apr 24, 2009

Make Your Kenai Voice Heard!


Congratulations Kenai Community!

Project Kenai has surpassed 6,000 members and will exceed hosting 400 open source projects very soon (a matter of hours!).

With interest and use of Kenai growing every day, we'd love to hear why you enjoy using Project Kenai. Tell the world! Simply blog about using "Kenai" as a tag, or tweet about it on Twitter (make sure to use #projectkenai so it shows up in our Kenai Twitter feed).

Make your Kenai Voice Heard!

Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

Project Kenai is off to Rails Conference!


Surprise, surprise!

Project Kenai is on the road again.  This time we're at Rails Conference-Las Vegas (May 4th-May 7th).

Double down you bets, and come see the Kenai Team (we'll be there in full force!). Stop by our Sun booth to learn about our NetBeans and Kenai integration that is evolving, perhaps we'll even tease a little in terms of what's coming down the road (shhh!).  We even have a Kenai talk in the mix!

Here's a full line-up of Sun speakers, linked to their sessions:

Nick Sieger Nick Sieger (Kenai Engineering Guru)

Arun Gupta Arun Gupta (Glassfish Evangelist)

Charles Nutter Charles Nutter (jRuby Guru)

Thomas Enebo Thomas Enebo (jRuby Guru)


Stop by, learn a lot, have some fun!

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

Some background Maintenance on Friday April 17th

Hi folks,

One of the services that we rely on will be performing maintenance this Friday April 17th from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Pacific time.

There should be no downtime for the site and it's services, however new account creation and modifications to existing accounts will be unavailable during this time.

As always, if you experience something that does just doesn't seem right, drop us a note in the Forums or send an email to kenai-admin-AT-sun-DOT-com

Thanks for your patience while the maintenance is performed.

The Project Kenai Team

Friday Apr 03, 2009

Project Kenai and NetBeans

The connected developer experience with just got more richer! With the release of NetBeans 6.7 Milestone 3, you can now access your Kenai project from the IDE.

Click Here to learn more

Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Hooray! Project Kenai Now Offers Support for Git!

Rejoice! You now have 3 source code management options for your projects. Subversion, Mercurial, and now Git!

Learn more on how to access a Git repository for your project at

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Maintenance times April 3rd and 4th

We will have some maintenance being done in the datacenter that Project Kenai runs in on both April 3rd and 4th this week.  This may cause some intermittent down times.

Friday April 3rd -- 7:00PM - 8:00PM Pacific

Friday's event should not cause any downtime, but will effect people trying to create a new account during this time period.  For folks that are already members of the site, you shouldn't have a problem during this period.

Saturday April 4th -- 10:00PM - 2:00AM Pacific

This event cause the site to be completely down for periods of time. A maintenance page will be displayed when this outage is happening. 

Sorry in advance for the inconvenience.

As always, please let us know if there is anything not working for you after these events are completed.


The Project Kenai Team

Wednesday Mar 04, 2009

Project Kenai Is On The Road Again - E-Tech 2009


Project Kenai is on the road again!

Come meet with Kenai Team Members at O'Reilly's E-Tech Conference in San Jose, CA (March 9th - 12th).  We've got new things to show, and who knows, maybe some things to give away!

Wednesday Feb 25, 2009

Help Us Improve Kenai's UI

Calling all Kenai users!

We're very interested to know your opinion regarding our Project Kenai User Interface. What do you like, hate, would like to see from a look and feel perspective?

Tell us how you really feel and make your voice heard!

Simply drop us an e-mail: Kenai-UI-Feedback[at]

Your input will make the site rock even louder!

Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

Sun Tech Days - Hyderabad

Project Kenai is on the road again! We're now in Hyderabad, India participating in Sun Tech Days.  Click here for more info

Sun Tech Days - Hyderabad

Tuesday Feb 03, 2009

Sun Tech Days - Singapore; What a ride!

All I can say is, "What a trip!"

Traveling to Singapore for Sun Tech Days was an experience of a lifetime!  First, a little about the host country.  Arrving in Singapore on Sunday, January, 18th, I was amazed at the raw beauty and cleanliness.  For a country only 707 square kilometers in size, it sure looked BIG!  Despite it's size, Singapore has a rich history, one that merges many cultures (Malay, Hindu, Chinese, Korean, and of course all the Brits and Australians) and is sort of at the crossroads of Asia commerce.  Even the name (Singapore), has a rich history.  "Singapore" is the English word for "Singapura", which means Lion City. This word originated when Sang Nila Utama, an Indonesian prince, set sail and discovered Singapore. He saw what he thought was a lion, which was actually a tiger on the island running at great speed, and since that was the first thing he saw on the island, he decided to name it Lion City, or Singapura.  WOW!  If you ever get the opportunity visit Singapore, take it!  And try the black pepper crabs!

 With that flavor in mind and spirit, I went on to participate in Sun Tech Days - Singapore (hoping to bring the same lion spirit of the country to the event).  It was a 2 day event filled with lots of technical sessions covering many technologies from Sun, an impressive Keynote from Jeff Jackson (Senior Vice President, Solaris Enginering), as well as a jam packed exhibitor pavilion where Sun and partners showcased some of the best emerging technologies.  My good friend, Arun Gupta (GlassFish Expert Extraordinaire) captures the event with many pictures you can see here.

On Day #2, the keynote was led by Matt Thomspon (Senior Director of Engineering).  His focus was on the "Cloud," a pretty nebulous term for many, but he put it into context regarding what Sun's approach is and will be.  Stay tuned for more!  As part of his keynote, I got a chance to showcase Project Kenai to the audience.  We walked through the site, the rich set of collaboration features, and how to get involved.  I was very grateful the audience didn't throw tomatos at me, it was my first time being part of a keynote!  Anyway, the booth traffic spiked up considerably after the keynote.  Lots of folks with questions on Kenai, how to get involved, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Again, Arun did a great job capturing Day #2 with pictures.

 On the evening of Day #2, Sun helped sponsor the first ever Cloud Camp in Singapore.  The intention here was to have an open, unconference style conversation with parties interested in the whole "Cloud Computing" ecosystem.  Unfortuntately, the reception was a lukewarm.  Most attendees perceived this event as a Sun-driven discussion versus an open discussion for all.  It was never our intention to push a Sun agenda on Cloud Camp participants.  Being the MC for the event, I tried multiple times to keep the conversation neutral.  Sun should not have MC'd the event, rather just been a voice in the audience.  Lesson learned for next time.  My apologies to attendees if you walked away with a hallow feeling.  By all means, I'm open to having an ongoing dialogue about "Cloud" with you.  Just ping me: sharat[dot]chander[at]sun[dot]com

 Finally, on Thursday, January 22nd, we got a chance to present Project Kenai to a few hundred high school and college students who attended Sun's University Day at the National Library of Singapore.  What they got to see was a collection of some of the cool technologies Sun is working on.  I think the coolest thing that really resonated with the kids (I think I'm old enough now to make that reference, although I'm a kid at heart), was Project Wonderland.  The virtual world really grokked with them.  Kenai, seemed interesting but the feedback I got from many after the event was, "You need more social networking features, NOW!"  I hear you loud and clear and I'm taking your feedback directly back to the Kenai Team.

 I enjoyed the trip overall.  Great country, amazing people, and some of the smartest developers I've had the priveledge to speak with.  Thank you Singapore for being such an amazing host country for Sun Tech Days!

Friday Jan 16, 2009

New interview series coming to The KenaiGuy Show

With the new year well under way, the Project Kenai team is looking to kick off three new series of interview style shows on The KenaiGuy radio show.  The series will be:

Behind the Project -- An in-depth interview with Project Administrators for some of the hottest projects currently hosted on  We will talk about what brought them to start the project, and what they plan in achieving with it.  Goals, plans, dreams, etc.

Inside Project Kenai -- A series of interviews with some of the key engineering talent behind Project Kenai itself.  This will be your chance to get on the phone, or VoIP if you like, and ask questions of the engineering team themselves. Ask questions about how they implemented a certain feature or why they chose a certain technology

Teach Me Something -- A series of interviews with Students that are running projects of one kind or another on How are they working with other students on projects? Are their professors watching their projects and interacting? 

If you're a Project Admin, or a Student on Kenai today and want to let people know a little more about your projects, get in touch with us.  Send an email to kenai-admin-AT-sun-DOT-com  and  let's get something setup. It promises to be a laid back, easy going conversation. 

Come on, you know you want to talk about what you're doing with that code!

- The Project Kenai Team

Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

Project Kenai Travels to Singapore

Project Kenai will participate in the Sun Tech Days event in Singapore (Jan. 20th - 21st). 

At Tech Days, we'll be featured in the Day #2 Keynote being given by Matt Thompson (Senior Director, Engineering) and Sharat Chander (Project Marketing Manager), and have a booth in the Exibitor pavilion.

 Sharat will also give a presentation and walk-through of Project Kenai at the University World Tour event on Jan. 22nd, also in Singapore.

Tuesday Jan 06, 2009

Happy New Year and Good News to Share!

Happy New Year to all!

With that said, we have some updates to share, which we're sure will make lots of you happy!

New Features:

Coming Soon:

  • All you Git fans will be excited!  Work is well underway to introduce support for Git, available in the next couple months. How's that for a New Year's Surprise!

Stay tuned for more; this only scratches the surface!

- The Project Kenai Team

Thursday Jan 01, 2009

Project Kenai on BlogTalkRadio

We are going to try and get the KenaiGuy Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio, going on a weekly schedule as soon as possible.  Of course that means we need lost of things to talk about each week.

Do you have a project that you think other developers would be interested in?  Do you have ideas or thoughts about how Project Kenai can be made better and provide more efficiency to developers?  Send ideas for Show Topics to kenai-admin<at> and we may just have a show with your topic as the central theme.

We would be more then happy to interview project leads and developers as well.  This is your chance to get the word out about your project, and where it's going, or what you want others to help you achieve.

Come on,  Send us those ideas and let's get the world talking about Project Kenai, and your ideas for the future!!

Saturday Dec 27, 2008

Add an Exteral Source Code Repository

Just a reminder that Project Kenai now allows you to add an external source code repository to your project.  Learn how

Sharat Chander


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