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From Matt Hogstrom <>
Subject Wow...2006 is almost gone
Date Wed, 20 Dec 2006 15:27:59 GMT
I'm cleaning up my hard drive and getting the end of the year stuff  
done before I take some vacation time and it occurred to me how much  
we've accomplished this year.  Not only in Geronimo proper but also  
in related projects like OpenEJB.  I'm sure I'll miss some items so  
when I do please chime in so they don't get forgotten.

Here are the highlights off the top of my head:

Released 5 Versions of Geronimo in a single year:

1.0 - January
1.1 - June
1.1.1 - September

For those that count poultry still in the shell:
1.2-beta - December
2.0-M1 - December

That is a really significant accomplishment and I'm really honored to  
work with y'all to make this happen.  This is not an insignificant  
amount of work by any stretch of the imagination.  We're even now in  
the realm of delivering a Java EE 5.0 release within the SAME year as  
the other projects and commercial vendors (and we'll beat some of  
them too).  This is awesome news.

We've improved our documentation, we've seen the community grow with  
interested outside folks like LifeRay, Terracotta and slews of new  
users and some interested developers.  The committer list has grown  
by several people and the PMC has some new members as well.  Overall  
our community is stronger at the end of 2006 than it was at the  
beginning which is an excellent thing.

OpenEJB and ActiveMQ joined Apache and are in Incubator and moving  
towards their own destinies as TLPs at Apache as well.  XBean has  
grown in its use in other projects and Geronimo has a much better  
integration with Eclipse than we did previously (its nice to see the  
GLogo in the server list).  DayTrader has included support for JPA  
and was used as the performance basis in our first Performance Report.

We've also moved from Maven 1 to Maven 2 for our build environment, a  
feat that still boggles my mind.  With the new plugins used to build  
and take care of PITA issues like legal stuff every release gets  
easier.  Testing is also improving with some neat tests for the  
console to detect breakage earlier.

We're almost there of JDK independence with the inclusion of Yoko.   
Another very significant move for Geronimo and OpenEJB.

We've innovated with the plugins and including dojo in a way that  
makes application development easier.

Looking back over the last year we've come a long way.  Everyone of  
you should be proud to be a part of this team in that together we are  
creating software that has significance in the world and you all made  
it happen.

For now I offer you a Merry Christmas, Happy Quanza, Happy Hanukkah,  
Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays, Winter Solstice or whatever your  
favorite season greeting is.  One of our greatest strengths is our  
diversity and ability to appreciate each others differences as the  
glue that brings us together and makes us a strong whole.  We're  
wrapping up the old and pressing on to the new.  Let the adventure  
continue :)


Matt Hogstrom

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