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GlassFish Outposts #1: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (Canada)

Posted by editor on August 31, 2010 at 5:38 AM PDT

Last week, I announced my plan to start taking virtual trips to "GlassFish Outposts" -- regions of the world that are fairly isolated, remote from where most of us live. Thanks to the internet, however, these places are just as connected as any of us. And, as the GlassFish Usage Map shows us, there are plenty of developers in these places.


Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

Today I'm visiting Whitehorse, located on Mile 918 of the Alaska Highway, in Canada's Yukon Territory (latitude 61 North, longitude 135 West). Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory, and has a population of just over 20,000. There's a chance of rain today, and afternoon temperatures will be in the low teens (C) [upper 50s F].

Anyway, I think perhaps multiple people are running GlassFish in Whitehorse as we speak. Here's the GlassFish image and data for the Whitehorse region:

In this view, I believe the "Stats For Visible Area" is giving us the number of Admin hits to the GlassFish.org site. There were 883 total recorded hits as of July 2010 (I don't know when the start date for recording Admin hits was). Through March 2010, there were 854 admin hits. So, a lot of the GlassFish work was apparently done in Whitehorse prior to March. Checking the GlassFish Admin IPs statistic through July 2010, we see a value of 16 - which I believe means GlassFish has been deployed on at least 16 different systems in the Whitehorse area at one time or another. One new Admin IP was registered in July 2010.

So, who's using GlassFish in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory?

The fact that Whitehorse is the territory's capital hints at the possibility that someone in government may be deploying GlassFish. Another possibility is Yukon College, which offers an Information Technology program. There is also a summer cadet program that might be a possibility. Other possibilities include the hydroelectric power plants, or the mining or forestry companies.

If you are a GlassFish user from Whitehorse, please leave a comment below and let us know what you're working on. We'd love to hear from you!

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Comments

That's a surprise, really,

That's a surprise, really, Whitehorse is quite isolated. But the Yukon is a great place to live. I'm using Glassfish for about 3 years (www.mobitec.ca, another project is in the pipe but not yet online and will also be deployed on GF), however my server is located in Regina, Saskatchewan. The reason is that Internet service in the Yukon is still to slow and not very reliable. Enjoy your stay!

Thank you for your comment!

Thank you for your comment, and the link to your site! I still hope to be able to visit the Yukon in person (not just vurtually, as in these blog series) at some point. I've wanted to visit since I was quite young. It's great to see GlassFish development happening in the Yukon, even though your actual server is located farther south. Do you live in the Whitehorse area, or elsewhere in the Yukon?

Thank you for your commen!

Well, I know you are visiting us virtually, but even a virtual stay can be entertaining. And this is what my new project is about, It will go online in November at www.yukonlive.ca. For the most part of the past 15 years I have been living in the bush, of the grid but had solar power, generator and Internet via satellite. Since I have two boys I had to leave and moved to Whitehorse so they can participate in social life. Bad for me!

GlassFish Outpost T-Shirts?

What about sending a GlassFish Outpost T-Shirt to the first person that replies to your post that lives on the location spotlighted?  Or, give it a week and whoever lives closest to that location?