Goodbye 2006, Welcome 2007
Last day of 2006 and a lot got accomplished, either directly or indirectly,
during the year:
- Web Services Interoperability
Technology (WSIT) is making interoperability between Java- and .NET
3.0-based Web services a reality. A stable version of WSIT is available via GlassFish
and a nightly version can be downloaded here.
Two milestones were released with an astounding
success at different plug-fests.
- Java API for XML Web Services 2.1
(JSR 224) was approved
by the JCP. The WS-Addressing,
initially supported through JSR
261, was then subsumed
within JSR 224.
- jMaki beta 2, an Ajax
centric Ajax-enabled web applications using Java, PHP and Phobos,
- NetBeans went through a year of multiple
releases and awards (NetBeans
5.0, 5.5 Beta,
6.0 Milestone 5,
JDJ Editors Choice Award
and many other achievements).
- Java SE 6 was released earlier
this month. Easy
to use Web services APIs and Scripting
support in Java applications are my two most favorite features. Check Danny's
blog for top
10 new features in JavaSE 6 to upgrade.
v2 Milestone 3 was released earlier this month and well on it's way to
become the most feature
to use and highly
performant open source App server, ever.
On a personal front ...
- I made my first
JavaOne keynote appearance showing WSIT and Windows Communication
- I ran almost 850 miles in the year, completed
my first marathon and looking
forward to next one.
- I bought
a new Nikon D80 and plan to improve my photographic skills.
- And last but not the least, "I" won the Time
person of the year award - 2006. Wikipedia,
and many others belongs to a breed of "social experiment"
technologies that is changing the way people are interacting with each
other. Here is a small table that shows the number of blog entries I posted
during the past two years on my two blogs:
2005 2006 blogs.sun.com/arungupta 24 95 (including this) weblogs.java.net/blog/arungupta 46 61 (including this) Total 70 156
The number of entries I posted doubled over the past year, the strength
of GlassFish, WSIT,
JAX-WS and NetBeans
community increased tremendously, helped
one another for nothing, and building open
source software is that's what this "social experiment" is all
about. This is what is "founding and framing the digital
This is by no means an exhaustive list of accomplishments either by Sun
Microsystems or any other group within Sun. This is only an attempt to
capture how and where I spent my time last year. There are still miles to go and
a lot to be done. Today is the last day of 2006 and I'm ready for 2007.
Welcome 2007 and a very happy new year!!!