Sunday Sep 23, 2007

How Did We Get Here? GlassFish v2 History, Part I

Diagram of Product Relationships leading to GlassFish

GlassFish v2 is now out and I think there are good indications that this will be a successful and influential release. So, how did we get here? Rich has written a nice Historical Recap going through NetDynamics, KivaSoft, Netscape, iPlanet, Forte SynerJ, SunOne, Sun Java System Application Server, and then, GlassFish. He captured it all in this picture.

The list is overwhelming; it almost sounds like a nightmare, but with a good ending... I hope.

There is a second part to the history of GlassFish: that one goes through the JavaSoft branch, including things like the BeanBox, Tomcat, JWSDP, the Java EE SDK, etc. I'll try to find time to do a slide on it sometime "soon"...