The Aquarium turns 5!

The First Post in TheAquarium was on Nov 30th, 2005 and I'm using that as an excuse to put together a 5 year retrospective, but here I want to highlight this graph from Google Trends:

That uptick at the end of 2005 aligns well the start of the TheAquarium. Causality between the two events is hard to prove, but I'll go ahead and claim that's the case.

As you can see, GlassFish grew very nicely for three years until it peaked with the launch of Sun's GlassFish Portfolio (the "E" flag in the chart). If you look carefully you can also see smaller spikes that correspond to the IBM rumor and the Oracle announcement.  After that the graph shows a decline, and later a stabilization. The next phase for GlassFish and TheAquarium will be the release GlassFish 3.1, the first new major release under Oracle, at the beginning of 2011.

TheAquarium has been in the top 3 for "Popular Blogs" at Blogs.Sun.Com - number 1 recently - and that traffic has fueled the growth of GlassFish but the impact of TheAquarium goes beyond its numbers as it helps keep the community connected and informed.

Happy Birthday, TheAquarium, and looking forward to what will bring the next 5 years!


Congratulations - How you've grown in such a short time! Eudardo you've done a wonderful job in nurturing the site.

Posted by Ken Drachnik on November 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM PST #

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