GlassFish Back on Growth Path

The downloads for GlassFish have not slowed down despite all the "distractions" around the acquisition by and the integration with Oracle but some other indicators, like jobs at, showed an impact from those events. It's taken a bit but I think we are finally getting back on track.

The roadmap's presentations in March helped some but I the real change seems to come from the Commitments by Oracle at JavaOne. Check out the trends graphs for GlassFish (live, cached). You can see the different key events in that graph:

  • Nothing really moves until when we released the first GlassFish v2
  • Next big event was the launch of GlassFish Portfolio in Feb '09, which generated a significant job growth.
  • Next was Apr '09, when Oracle Announces Intent to Acquire in Sun.
  • The interregnum followed, with the unknown future of GlassFish showing in the job market, until the Strategy Webcasts of late Jan '10.
  • The post-CIC growth continued until around late March/April '10 when a drop happened. Not sure what caused that - if you have a suggestion post it as a comment.
  • Finally, now it seems we are back on a growth, hopefully a sustained one. I'm interpreting this as the community, customers and users, finally believing that Oracle is committed to GlassFish.

The current number of openings is the highest I've seen (>750) although the graphs don't show that yet because the trends charts lag the jobs data by a month or two.


I noticed that now you can't download the J2EE SDK without also downloading GlassFish. Would that have some to do with these numbers?

Posted by Josef B. on October 03, 2010 at 01:14 AM PDT #

Not directly.
The SDK and NetBeans bundles impact downloads. What I'm reporting here is jobs.

Of course, being the RI, and being in the SDK and NetBeans has an impact on adoption, which impacts actual deployments, which impact jobs.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on October 03, 2010 at 01:31 AM PDT #

Could the March/April drop have happened because the GlassFish future information provided at the Oracle + Sun Welcome events was not as promising as we users had hoped? We were given the "GlassFish is for development environments and WLS is for production" story.....

Posted by Skeens on October 03, 2010 at 10:57 PM PDT #

Could be. I didn't attend any of those events, but if they consistently
described GF/WLS that way, that would be a contributor.
Regardless of the source, my feeling is that the drop is, indeed, a reflection
of mistrust - at that time - for the position of GlassFish within Oracle.
HOpefully we are past that point now.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on October 03, 2010 at 11:37 PM PDT #

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