Sunday Jan 08, 2012

Top Aquarium posts for 2011

Of the 323 blog posts from 2011, here is the obligatory top 3 according to the stats :

Java EE 7 review ballot results - Go! (March 15th)
Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) & GlassFish (June 24th)
GlassFish 3.1.1 has been released! Java 7 inside (July 28th)


With the blogging system migration in early May this year, the stats may be off by a little bit (isn't that the definition of stats?) so these results may be missing some of the posts from earlier in the year.

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

More JavaOne 2011 content on

Following-up quickly on the recent update to JavaOne 2011 content on, you will now find another 15 (free) sessions on the official JavaOne 2011 channel.


There are now a total of 48 sessions and the new ones include :
• "Why Java is an Ideal Platform for DevOps Automation"
• "From DevOps to NoOps: 10 cloud services you should be using"
• "HTML5 and Java: The Facts and the Myths"
• "Clusters in the Clouds: Dynamically Scaling Application Server Clusters with the Cloud"
• "Experiences with Java EE-enabled PaaS"
• "Networks as information Factories"
• "Java for legacy code reengineering"
• "Couchbase - NoSQL for social Game Scaling and performance"
• "More JVM tuning from the Pros"

Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

2011, a year of delivering on the roadmap

After 323 posts here on TheAquarium, 2011 is coming to an end. Let's look back at what we had hoped to achieve and how the GlassFish team (and others) delivered on the promises.

The most anticipated release after the Sun acquisition was probably the delivery of a fully-clustered GlassFish 3.1 in February (see this technical article). Soon after this release, our stats indicated massive uptake, and the follow-up 3.1.1 release aligned with Java 7, another key milestone in the Java world in 2011.


2011 was also the year of Java EE 6 adoption with certifications from WebSphere 8, JBoss 6, Fujitsu Interstage, Apache Geronimo 3, Apache TomEE, and of course WebLogic 12c bringing the list of certified configurations to 12. It was also time to celebrate two years of Java EE 6 and GlassFish and to realize how long a way application servers had come.

Java EE 7-wise, the umbrella JSR was filed (JSR 342), with great progress on JMS 2.0, JAX-RS 2.0, javax.cache, and others, all with transparency. JavaOne was a good opportunity to recap the overall PaaS and platform rationalization direction.

We've stated the cloud and virtualization guiding principles for GlassFish evolution in September. The GlassFish 3.1.2 release is now well on its way and it is very much already possible to start playing with GlassFish 4.0 early bits (for instance to reproduce the JavaOne PaaS Keynote Demo). Finally we've also continued to deliver on portability of applications between GlassFish and WebLogic via even more sharing of components.

Other notable events include the migration of blogs and the project wiki as well as greatly improved Maven support (with Maven Central now hosting way more bits).

On the community side, we had another very successful community gathering and party at JavaOne and were very pleased to welcome an number of new faces in the engineering team. We also enjoyed a number of high-profile users such as espn, parleys, mollom, and more.

One final achievement that came in late in the year is the support of WebSocket in Grizzly. You can browse through a number of additional posts all tagged with frontpage.

Can we all do better in 2012? You bet!

You'll find other Java-related 2011 blogs on as well as on the Java blog.

Monday Jul 11, 2011

JavaOne 2011 notifications are in!

The results are in! Notifications for accepted talks at this year's JavaOne have gone out and it's both fascinating and rewarding to see the reactions on twitter.

Here's a selection that I came across :


glaforge: Yeah, the #javaone speaker invitations are arriving!
netdance: JavaOne talk accepted. Now, the serious work begins
ALRubinger: Tons of awesome stuff from the #JBoss Community has been accepted into #JavaOne this year. Will post details when we officially confirm.
evanchooly: ha! whine and you shall receive! my presentation "The Not-Java That's Not Scala" talk was accepted to JavaOne. so much work to do now. ;)
dblevins: Looks like there will be a strong #OpenEJB and #TomEE presence at #JavaOne this year! Several sessions approved. #thankyou
craiger: My #scala presentation was accepted for JavaOne 2011. See you in San Fran Oct 2nd-6th!
chuggid: @dblevins Hope I'll meet you there. Employer finally saw the wisdom of sending me; trying to make the most of it!
ekabanov: It doesn't rain, until it pours. Just had a notification that all 4 talks I submitted to JavaOne got accepted.
mojavelinux: All registered for #JavaOne. It's going to be an awesome year.
delabassee: Good news to start the day, my 2 #javaone talks got accepted!
MasoudKalali: Received delighting emails this morning. Got 1 session accepted for #JavaOne. Will be speaking about #security and @glassfish.
pbakker: My JavaOne talk together with @BertErtman about migrating #Spring to #JavaEE6 is accepted!
huettermann: My #javaone proposal "Agile ALM" was accepted. See you in San Francisco.
YonLabs: My JPA Puzzlers talk accepted for #JavaOne. Great! :)
costinl: Yey - received the speaker invitation for #javaone - see you guys there!
jamesurquhart: Woot! On a panel at #javaone this year. Looking forward to it talking to/hearing from developers.
jlehrbaum: excited to be speaking at JavaOne 2011 about Java and Rails in the cloud
jclouds: great news: #javaone paper accepted! see you there! #java #cloud
graemerocher: Got both my talks on #grails accepted to #javaone. Happy days.

We're certainly looking forward to another great conference full of energy and with quality content! The next step is to formalize the schedule with an optimized use of the increased space offered this year. In the meantime, speakers, get busy! ;)

Tuesday May 10, 2011

JCP special election 2011 results - Java SE/EE executive committee now complete

The JCP special election has now concluded and the results include the election of Goldman Sachs (recent podcast), SouJava (previous entry) for the ratified seats and the London Java Community for the elected seat.


Congratulations to Bruno, John and Ben on their election!
The full details are listed on this page.

Sunday Jan 02, 2011

GlassFish in 2011 - What to expect

Road Ahead

First of all, wishing you all the best for 2011!

Now that 2010 is behind us, it's time to talk about the future. Obviously for GlassFish and Oracle the goal is to deliver on the Roadmap, but I thought I'd boil this down to the following items :

• a final release of GlassFish 3.1, including full clustering.
• more industry Java EE 6 support, including for WebLogic.
progress on JavaEE 7 and related technologies.
• cloud and virtualization as guiding principles for future versions of GlassFish.
• more alignment between GlassFish and WebLogic effectively offering portability of applications.

What else would you like to see in 2011?