Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Last call for the new TheAquarium Feed

Hopefully by now you've all adjusted your feeds to the updated one for this blog : blogs.oracle.com/theaquarium/feed/entries/atom.

Redirects you may have been using are going away soon. Sorry...

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Monday Jan 09, 2012

Update your feed URLs!

While we've migrated blogs over to blogs.oracle.com a while back, there is still a lot of activity on the older sun.com feeds (which are currently redirected).

The thing is that redirects may not be there forever so please, if you are reading this via your favorite newsreader, make sure you're using the proper feed: blogs.oracle.com/theaquarium/feed/entries/atom.

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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 blogs.oracle.com 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)

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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.

Sunday Nov 28, 2010

From Editor-in-Chief to Reader

Today is my last work day as an Oracle employee and also my last day as editor in chief of TheAquarium. The last 5 years have been a blast; thanks for your faithful readership and time for me to become a reader.

If you want to keep up with me, follow @pelegri or visit my personal blog.

So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish!

Saturday Nov 27, 2010

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!

Saturday Nov 13, 2010

QuickBar and Logos for GlassFish Social Channels

GlassFish has 4 main official social channels:

TheAquarium - Group News Blog
@GlassFish - Short and Timely News and Announcements distributed via Twitter
GlassFishVideos - YouTube Videos on GlassFish
GlassFish - FaceBook social page, includes photos

We recently revamped the buttons for these sites and also provided companion QuickBars of different sizes with corresponding ImageMaps.

If you are looking for the original, High-Res art for sparky et al, look at GlassFish.org, in the GlassFishButtons page. The new buttons and QuickBars are at the Wiki in the Buttons and Logos page.

Feel free to use these links and buttons in your sites.

Sunday Mar 21, 2010

TheAquarium Weekly - First Two Issues Now Available

I just released the second issue of TheAquarium Weekly. The TA Weekly is a wiki-based companion to the TheAquarium and to the @glassfish twitter account. These three mechanisms are intended to interact as follows:

I've done two weeks following this rough approach; I believe it is sustainable - time will tell. The advantage of using a Wiki format for the TA Weekly is that non-Oracle members of the community can help very easily.

Relevant links:

Feedback, as always, is very appreciated.

Saturday Dec 05, 2009

Twitter and GlassFish News

Over the last months we have been increasing our activity at Twitter and I think we will be ready to start using it more widely during our GlassFish v3 launch.  The main news account moving forward is going to be glassfish. We are still finalizing the details, but the intention is that you can stay informed of all key GlassFish news if you follow @glassfish - in particular, @glassfish tweets will include links to TheAquarium posts and others.  The main tag will be #glassfish, usage conventions TBD.

No major changes with our personal "tweeting"; several of us (alexis, arun, john, me, others) have been doing it for a bit and will continue to do so; we will figure out a convention so relevant key posts flow automatically to @glassfish w/o overloading the account.

The @theaquarium twitter account will continue, but focused strictly on reposting TA news.

We are also considering different ideas about the use of geotags since the support is beginning to appear in several clients, including Bing and Google.  I'm sensitive about the privacy issue and I'm personally going to use it in a post-by-post basis and at low resolution, but the feature seems useful to build community.

Sunday Nov 08, 2009

New Tools for TheAquarium: Twitter and Weekly News Summary

I've added a couple of new twists to the coverage of GlassFish News at TheAquarium to do a better job while controlling our time investment:

• I've started posting short news posts to my twitter feed as I encounter them;
   also tweeting are Frank, Giuseppe, Andi, Binod and AlexisMP.
• Nobody is tweeting at TheAquarium, but...
   if you want to follow the tweets from the editors, use @theaquarium/editors.
• We will continue doing the usual spotlights posts as time permits,
• I'll do a weekly summary of news uncovered in the spotlights,

I've also started using ScribeFire to reduce the cost of creating posts, but this should be transparent to the readers.

Reporting on news is a losing battle, but I'm hoping that this approach will keep TheAquarium the best source for news on the (larger) GlassFish community while giving the editors a bit more "free" time to invest in other tasks.

Saturday Sep 26, 2009

Wanted - Your Opinion on the Twitter Widgets in TheAquarium

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I have mixed feelings about the current arrangement of Twitter widgets at TheAquarium. I like that they help me track conversations and discover news and opinions but the widget takes some time to load and too often the content is blank - I assume infrastructure problems, which they now have money to fix. A reader recently complained about the widgets and I promised to collect feedback via a survey.

So, if you care about the widgets, one way or the other, please go fill in this 3-question Survey...

Monday Apr 27, 2009

Thank You, Blogs.Sun.Com!

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Today is the 5th anniversary of the Pat's first post at BSC and I want to thank everybody that made that happen. BSC has given us a tool that we have used (and abused) to communicate directly with many audiences, internal and external.

In the case of GlassFish, we started using BSC extensively back in late 2005 and things quickly started improving. TheAquarium in particular has been a heavy user of BSC: we have 2741 entries and are translated into 8 editions!

Other bloggers are also celebrating the anniversary, see for example, Jim's recollection, or go check on the bsc5years tag.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

TheAquarium Online - Now with SlideCasting (Feeback Wanted!)

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I've added SlideCasting to the recordings of the TheAquarium Online shows. The first 3 presentations are from last week's OpenSSO Overview, Adoption and Roadmap presentation; see, for example, the OpenSSO Roadmap by Sidharth Mishra.

SlideShare.Net provides a nice tool to create these SlideCasts but every format adds to the time I spend on this, so I am considering dropping a format or two. Please consider visiting this Doodle Poll to vote for your favorite formats.

Thursday Mar 12, 2009

Launching Portuguese Edition of TheAquarium

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Marcelo Souza has started a Brazilian Portuguese edition of TheAquarium. With this addition we will have 7 editions: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Alexis is planning a french edition and I am going to restart the spanish edition. Please let us know if you are interested in additional editions; due to logistical reasons related to how authoring is managed at Blogs.Sun.Com we can only easily leverage help from Sun employees, but that includes Sun Campus Ambassadors.

Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

TheAquarium on Holiday Break

Duke Resting and Reading in a comfy Chair

Sun USA shuts down between Christmas and New Year, so we are going to add a few extra days at each end and we will take a break from now until Jan 4th. Time to recharge batteries, read a few books, clean house, play a few games (virtual and otherwise), celebrate the holidays and be with the family...

It's been a very busy and rewarding year for all of us; our best wishes to all of you, and hope to see you next year.

Saturday Nov 22, 2008

Wanted - Your Suggestions for TheAquarium Online

This week was the tenth "webinar" at TheAquarium Online - or 32, if you count each of the GFv3 Prelude Launch Event presentations separately.

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The full set of presentations is:

OSGi Overview
WebSynergy
Grizzly and Grizzly 2
EJB 3.1
SocialSite and OpenSocial

Many Languages, One Machine
GFv3 Prelude Overview in Spanish
GFv3 Prelude Special Event
Scripting in GFv3 Prelude
Seam and GlassFish

The format of the event has evolved over time and I'm now selecting a topic and then arranging a set of several shorter presentations and/or speakers around it (like with Seam and GlassFish). We record all the presentations and publish the slidedecks and screencasts. I think the arrangement is working well; but we are always interested in your comments. felt

Also, if you have suggestions for topics, please add them as comments to the Ideas and Suggesions page in our Wiki.