Tuesday Oct 28, 2008

Recent GAP blogging: multiple communities, coopetitors, and a very special winner

Map of GAP winners around the world

With GlassFish v3 Prelude fast approaching, the blogging on the GAP blog has somewhat slowed down but here are some recent posts :

There's more to GlassFish than a great open source app server...
• Sun employees could not compete, so see who else did...
• Ok, so we didn't tell you who the real #1 winner was...

There are still a few more posts to come in the next few days and weeks on the GAP blog.

Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

Recent GAP blogging

The GAP (GlassFish Awards Program) generated a lot of interesting contributions. The GAP blog is intended to highlight a subset of the winning contributions. Recently entries include:

Map of GAP winners around the world

Top 3 contributions, some details and links.
Geo Map of the winners, faces and locations on Google map.
Statistics, total number of winners, geographical representations, and more.
FishFarm, join fork, shoal, and GlassFish.
Top winner details, Ullrich Hafner Hudson contribution.
World-wide contributions, which continent got the most winners?
Community Distributions, going beyond Sun-distributed GlassFish bits.

More to come in the next few days and weeks on the GAP blog.

Thursday Oct 02, 2008

GlassFish Awards Program Results - And recent GAP blog entries

We have so many winners for the GAP (GlassFish Awards Program) that highlighting them all here would have flooded TheAquarium readers with GAP content, so...

We started a dedicated GAP blog instead to discuss winners and other tidbits from the content. Here's a first digest :

• Full list of winners. More than 100!
Contributions from Brazil.
Top three winners: Ullrich, Michael, and Chris.
• Nice GeoMap with almost all of the winners on a single map with photos, bio and (of course) location.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

... Secure Attachments, SunTech Days, MEP Connectors, Code for Freedom, JVM Language Summit

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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A new Enterprise Tip, this time from Ashutosh, showing how to Securing Attachments in Web Services messages using Metro, the WS framework used in GlassFish (and several other AppServers).

Arun writes from Brazil and reports on Sun TechDays, day 1. He presented on GlassFish server and his session was packed - check out his Slides; he also covered the awards to two of our GAP winners: Reginaldo (blog, submission), and Claudio (blog, submission).

Santiago has been documenting different features of the, GlassFish-Based Mobile Enterprise Platform and has another entry providing more information on Writing MEP Connectors. See MEP Announcement and the MEP-tagged entries.

India has a very strong Code For Freedom tradition, and Sun just announced is Support of the 2008 Edition. The Sun communities included are described here; the prizes are here

News from the OpenJDK community on what seems a very successful JVM Languages Summit. I've already asked John Rose if he would be willing to give us an overview at Online Webinar and we are looking for a slot in the schedule.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Introducing the GAP blog

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• The GAP (GlassFish Awards Program) is now over and the list of winners is public.
• We have over 100 winners and as mentioned previously we thought we could go highlight some contributions, some winners and other interesting facts we've gathered along the journey.
• So here is the place we this will all happen: http://blogs.sun.com/gap.
See you there!

Monday Sep 29, 2008

JRuby for Java Skeptics, GAP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, OpenSSO, OpenDS and GF, MySQL Users Conference

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Ruby-land, Zargony is warming up to JRbuy and explains Why I'm starting to like JRuby even though I dislike Java. And Arun writes a short list of the Advantages of JRuby over MRI.

We have been sending notifications to GAP (the GlassFish Awards Program) for a while but on MOnday we had a Press Release aligned with the first SunTech Days in Sao Paolo to celebrate the winners located in Brazil. Special congratulations to Claudio and Reginaldo who were at the event. We are planning a number of blogs to highlight the GAP winners; we won't be able to cover the 108 of them (!) but we will sample a few.

And, Arun is visiting Sao Paolo (and other cities in Brazil) and writes about ES JUG... And about Embu das Artes and about Travel Tips in Brazil.

Showing part of the spread of the Friends and Family part of the GlassFish Server two tutorials: First Sidharth and Marina show OpenSSO on GlassFish, and then Ludo points to John Yeary's Doing authentication and authorization with GlassFish and OpenDS.

Giuseppe points out that the call for papers for the MySQL Users Conference is still open.

PS. There is a lot of work to do before GFv3 prelude goes out; tracking the news during the next few weeks is going to be tricky, please bear with us.

Sunday Aug 24, 2008

GAP Status Report

Several people have asked about the status of the GAP program, so here is a very quick update.


According to the rules, the submission period closed end of June; the list of submissions is at GapSubmissions, with 260 bug submissions and 52 contribution submissions. The next step was for the program judges, which were Gregg Sporar, Simon Phipps, Paul Sterk, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine and myself.

The summer slowed down a bit the evaluation process but for the last 4 weeks the jury, with help from the leads of the different projects, validated the bug submissions and judged the contributions. We also applied some of the contest rules, like no more than 5 winners for Bugs and 1 per contribution.

There were many, very good, submissions and the judges reflected that quality by spreading the awards. We have reported the results to the outside company that is helping with the final steps, so we cannot give you the final report yet, but we can give you some ballpark information. We have around 102 winners with very wide geographic distribution. We expect all the contribution prizes to be awarded, and we expect around 16 honorable mentions.

More details as soon as we get final confirmations!

Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

Project WebSynergy gathers momentum

WebSynergy Community

Project WebSynergy has enjoyed a couple of recent positive developments: First, Adam Bien is a consultant and book author and has blogged about GlassFish in the past. Recently Adam blogged about the prospects of WebSynergy becoming the killer GlassFish Portal Server - I happen to share this outlook. He was right about GlassFish being the Killer AppServer after all!

Second, Sandeep headed up an effort to get some university students engaged with Sun's open source communities and projects - specifically, GlassFish, WebSynergy (and its NetBeans components). It was a big success, and as part of the larger GlassFish Community, students submitted their project as GAP entries. In addition, this project garnered awareness in their respective academic groups. Kudos to the teams!

Monday Jun 30, 2008

GAP - Only a few hours to go

GAP rush

With only a few hours to go in the GAP (GlassFish Awards Program), the trend for both bug reports and contributions is very good. We were a little worried a few weeks back but as always people wait for the last minute to submit their work! :)

As a reminder this is part of a larger Sun Grant program with a total donation of $1M. The amount for the GlassFish Awards Program is $175K. The official rules are here and you may want to read the GAP FAQ.

A panel of judges will decide the GAP winners in July 2008. Prizes will be allocated by end of August 2008.

Tuesday May 27, 2008

$$$ for Bugs - GlassFish GAP Program

Our bugs, or, rather, your bug submissions, can put some $$s in your pocket!


The GlassFish Awards Program (GAP) divides its $175K prize into two major sections. The biggest chunk goes into Contributions and we have seen a good number of submissions - although there are still some opportunities left.

GAP also reserves $50K for bug submissions with a target of 100 winning submissions. For those of you math-savy, that is $500; not bad for a bug report! Unfortunately, Sun employees don't qualify :-), but, the rest of you, hurry up and submit!

And, yes, Virginia! All projects in the GlassFish community qualify.

Tuesday Apr 08, 2008

GAP Submissions Update - And Clarification for Eligibility to Campus Ambassadors

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An update on the GAP, the GlassFish Awards Program. We now have 10 submissions (Submissions Table) and we are aware of at least a couple more in the queue.

The GAP Rules award prizes to the top 20 submissions, and we would like to avoid leaving money on the table; if you are planning a submission, I'd encourage you to do it now, before CommunityOne and JavaOne so we can help you put together as strong a submission as possible.

One important clarification: Sun Campus Ambassadors are eligible provided that the work for the GAP submission is unrelated to the work that you are doing for Sun as part of the Campus Ambassador Program.

Saturday Mar 22, 2008

Don't Leave Money on the Table - GAP (GlassFish Awards Program) News and Questions

The GlassFish Awards Program (GAP) is intended to encourage and reward innovation in the GlassFish Community. The program's rules (here) are quite loose and many types of projects will qualify. There are US$ 175K available, for both projects and bug submissions; check Previous Posts for additional commentary.

Some notes on the program:

Drawing of Money Bag

• Submissions are to be sent to Gap-Submissions at GF (Archive, mailto).
• All projects in the GlassFish community at-large are eligible.
• Applicants are individuals, we don't care were they work.
• Whether you need to sign the SCA depends on the requirements of your project.
• Docs, Portals, Workshops, etc, are all eligible. If in doubt, Ask Us.
• Don't wait until the last minute; Submit it Now!
• A good approach is to submit now what you have, then Send an Update!

We have up to 20 prizes for projects and many more for bug submissions but we have received very few submissions so far. I suspect many are waiting for the deadline, but we would much rather you submit now first and then resubmit. Don't leave money on the table!

Note! We had a configuration problem with the submission alias and it is possible that some submissions may not have been recorded properly. If you submitted, please check the alias archive, and resubmit if necessary.

Wednesday Feb 13, 2008

Hudson Participation in GlassFish Awards Program

Drawing of Perpetuum - A perpetual Motion Machine

The GlassFish Awards Program GAP includes the GlassFish AppServer but also any other project in the GlassFish Community - see the Project List (and let me know of omissions!).

Hudson, the popular Continuous Integration project (Hudson@TA) is included in the program and the lead of Hudson, Kohsuke, has posted a Call for Submissions; check it out and submit your entries. The rules are fairly flexible and they include bug reports (and fixes!) as well as a variety of project contributions.

Perpetual Motion Machines are not included, but, if you think you have invented one you might as well include a link to it as a comment to this entry :-)

Sunday Feb 03, 2008

Week Highlights - CommunityOne, Awards, Jersey, Hudson, MySQL, Liferay...

News Summary - Jan 27th to Feb 3rd, 2008

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• Community - Last Call for CommunityOne! and Awards Program
&bull Hudson - News Roundup
• Web Services - REST (Jersey and Spring) and JAX-WS Prezo
• Scripting - Vivek's New Job! and Mediacast site Now Built with JRuby
• Deployments - GlassFish in a Zone,
• MySQL - First release of Maria
• Sun - BlackBox is Shipping!
• Future of GlassFish - CheatSheet for v3, Starting with HK2 - Part I and Part II
• Portal - More Comments on LifeRay on GF

Tuesday Jan 29, 2008

GlassFish Awards Program - Press Release and Program Rules


Phase Two of the Community Innovation Awards Program is now live. Check the Official Announcement, and our Earlier Writeups.

Each community has its own set of rules all within an Overall Program. The GlassFish program is described at the GAP Home Page. Key points include:

• Awards for Best Bug Reports and for Best Projects
• Projects can be based on existing Projects in the GF community or not
• Goal is to grow Community in Size, Quality, Innovation, etc.
• Submission Start Date is Now
• Submission End Date is June 30th
• Results Aug 15th
• 175K$ in prizes.