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Blogosphere Reactions to Java.net

Posted by duncan on June 11, 2003 at 2:28 PM PDT

One of the interesting things for me about the Java.net experiment so far has been checking out the reactions from the blogosphere that I navigate through every day. Ted Leung posts:

"A shared CVS repository, wiki's and a bunch of weblogs do not a community make. Sun might be able to get bunches of communities around individual projects, but growing a community across projects takes time and effort. It doesn't happen by magic. Jakarta (with all its faults) is the only example I'm aware of that actually has a flourishing community across some subsection of its many subprojects."

I agree. Jakarta does set the bar It will be interesting if there truly will be a coding community here or if it will be the JavaForge of a thousand dead uninteresting projects. Anthony Eden goes further and posts:

"I am having mixed feelings about java.net. I feel like it may be too early to judge the importance of this "community" web site, but I can't help it. First off it seems like too little too late. There are already a substantial number of communities for Java development consisting of a mix of developers with a wide variety of skills and interests. What does java.net offer that wasn't already provided by these other sites? So far not much other than the fact that it is "blessed" by Sun. Of course this has worked for them in the past, so why change now."

I agree with Anthony that something like Java.net is a bit late. Danese and Richard have been trying to do something like this for a very long time inside of Sun.

The real question is not timing though. The timing is what it is. The real question is: Will it be too little?

This is a tough one. And the answer won't be in for a while. Part of the answer will be in what Sun's reaction to this community is. And part of it will be found in the people who show up to build that community. So then that leads to another question: Why should you participate?

That's a question I don't have an answer to give to anybody else. For myself the answer is: I'm participating on the blogging side of things because I want Java to become more open. When I worked at Sun I fought many battles for that to happen. Some succeeded. Some didn't. But even though I'm no longer inside of Sun (two years of freedom this month!), I still want Java to succeed. And for that to happen, it has to become more open. So I blog on Java.net in an attempt to help.

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