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Big (But Seemingly Small) Changes for java.net This Weekend

Posted by editor on August 20, 2009 at 5:56 AM PDT

If you work on or closely follow any java.net projects, you've probably noticed the banner that has been displayed on project pages for the past couple days:

java.net will migrating to a new CMS platform this weekend and will begin the shutdown at 5pm Pacific Time on Friday August 21st. The site will be inaccessible until early morning Pacific Time, Monday August 24th. Please plan your work accordingly.

Sonya Barry provides more details in her latest blog post, Big changes under the hood for java.net.

java.net has been around for a while now -- for quite a few years, actually. For example, the first java.net article was published on June 10, 2003. Now, as we all know, technology changes quite a lot in any six year period. In the 2003-2009 period, one of the big changes in online technology is what Tim O'Reilly has called Web 2.0.

So, does "big changes" mean that following this weekend java.net is going to look like Facebook for JVM developers? Well.. not quite! A few things might look a little different, but the main objective for this initial transition is to move from a fairly rigid CMS infrastructure that was hand-crafted by O'Reilly engineers to meet a need starting in 2003, to a more modern infrastructure that brings with it opportunities for enhancement and expansion of the capabilities java.net can offer its user community going forward.

In my opinion (I've participated in most of the transition meetings in the past month or so) the Number 1 objective of the initial transition is: don't lose functionality. It's a big change, a big jump, from the old O'Reilly platform to the new platform. Enormous amounts of content must be migrated from the old custom-built O'Reilly data archives to the new platform. That's a big enough step that only a few actual enhancements are being put into place in this initial conversion.

What are the enhancements? For one, captchas for comments in many areas of java.net. If you're a regular java.net visitor, I'm sure you're as tired as I am of seeing (and dealing with, in my case) spam comments. Implementing captchas in the old system was a development task. With the new infrastructure it's a setting, a switch. Right there, you can see why moving to a modernized infrastructure makes sense.

Sonya summarizes the most important changes project owners and community leaders will see:

Project owners will see a couple of new things - they'll have access to the data contained on their project's node page, and we've also implemented a few things to make communication between owners and their community leaders easier and more automated as new projects get up and running.

Finally, the biggest changes will be for the Community Leaders. For a long time we've had a pretty horrifying system that required our leads to make duplicate entries about project status and location in the community hierarchy between two different databases. It was not a user friendly process and led to a lot of delays and miscommunications when new projects were created. Some of those tasks have been automated now and email templates have been created making it easier for leaders to maintain communication with new project owners.

So, starting next week, if you're actively involved in a java.net project or community, you'll see some changes. Otherwise, you might wonder "what's all the fuss about?" Well, once we have a modern infrastructure in place, it becomes much easier to add new features and enhancements that will enable java.net to evolve with the times. That was pretty difficult in the past. I mean, O'Reilly was ahead of the times in coming up with the original CMS that has supported java.net all these years. But O'Reilly is not fundamentally a software development company. Our core business is publishing, editorial services, and researching emerging technology and technology trends.

Sonya sums up the benefits of going to the new infrastructure well:

With this new system in place we'll be moving to the permanent beta model for improving the site at large. We'll start rolling out improvements and adding new modules on a regular basis which we think will be a major improvement for every user. These improvements will include personal profile pages, organic groups (which should be great for JUGs), and a better social model overall.

So, the schedule is that java.net will not be available in its normal operational mode starting on Friday at around 5:00 PM U.S. Pacific time (that's Midnight GMT Saturday morning, if I'm not mistaken). We're hoping to be again fully functional on Monday.


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Check link to poll

http://www.java.net/pub/pq/271 , link from the blog, looks broken.

Nice change... However why not use Starlight and Sharepoint

Drupal as your CMS... Hmm. do you realize that is a PHP product and not Java based. Do you folks at Sun have a marketing team, a Strategy team or anyone that can think of how to promote your company?? Lets see, your Mobile development platform only runs on Windows, your JFX Mobile system only runs on Windows, your big push for Virtualization via your cloud system references only VMware and VirtualPC (ever heard of VirtualBox?!) So just how the heck am I supposed to stand behind Java and sell it to my clients and managers when Sun doesn't stand behind it. I have been faithful and supportive to Java/Sun for almost 14 years, and all the while Sun has made decisions that a 1st year Business student would know better than to do. Where is John Gage? He must have left cause there seems to be no more common sense left at Sun either. I am ashamed, and embarrassed by your actions.