Thursday Dec 30, 2010

GlassFish in 2010 - What a year!


A lot has happened over the past 12 months! For the GlassFish team as for many people that came from Sun, it's been a challenging, yet exciting year.

It all started in January with the EU finally agreeing to the Sun acquisition by Oracle and a first set of changes. Later in March the GlassFish roadmap committed Oracle to the open source project with multiple supported releases in the next few years (with additional heads in the team).

Later that year, the external contributions from the community increased significantly and by June the team had released the "100-day" (Oracle-branded) 3.0.1 release, right in time for the 5-year celebration of GlassFish (with five years of TheAquarium soon after).

While re-stating the commercial strategy for GlassFish, the team worked hard on releasing no less than seven 3.1 milestones, producing and aggregating screencasts. This all lead up to the JavaOne conference with very nice reference customers, clear direction for GlassFish from top-level Oracle management and overal momentum throughout the conference. In Java SE land, "Plan B" was shared with the community.

With Java EE momentum building up, GlassFish was busy with the 3.1 work, adapting to the new infrastructure, and adopting new HTML 5 features. In the meantime OpenJDK, the JCP and others made the news with IBM joining OpenJDK, followed by Apple soon after with JCP elections and JSR votes confirming the proposed roadmap (JavaSE 7 mid-2011).

You can browse through a number of additional posts all tagged with frontpage.

Sunday Sep 12, 2010

GlassFish and JavaOne 2010

JavaOne this year is held at a different location (Maps.Bing, Maps.Google) and in different dates (Sept 19-24), but it is still full of activities. To help you track them, here are a few links. Let's start with:

Home page
Schedule Builder
My Registration

Other useful links include Oracle World Unconference, Duke Award Winners, Java University, Rock Stars Wall of Fame, and all JCP activities.

The bulk of the activities are in "The Zone", San Francisco's Hotel Nikko, Hilton San Francisco, and Parc 55 hotels and the surrounding area.  The area includes:

Other variations from previous years include MySQL Sunday - the Sessions include presentations by Edward Screven, Tomas Ulin and Marten Mickos - the co-location with Oracle Develop - the same ticket will get you in both events - and free admission for students.

On the GlassFish side there are plenty of activities, from Hands-on-Labs, to technical sessions. Harpreet put together a cheat-sheet for all GF-related events; that is two pages full of events... starting with the Community Event and Party (Event: S319368).

There is more information on JavaOne on many channels, includingTwitter (JavaOneConf and #javaone10), FaceBook (JavaOne and ILoveJava), and Blogs (OTN, Develop, and other) and videos like Jerome's and Preview TechCast.

Finally, don't forget that GlassFish 3.1 M5 will be available next week (see 3.1 posts). Enjoy!