Happy birthday, not to me, but to my blog.
I started my blog one year ago this week. Since then, I've posted over 250 times; hopefully most of the entries have been interesting to at least someone.
At the time, I planned to use this blog to discuss J2EE issues, and in large part I have. Yet, not too surprisingly in retrospect, the blog has also taken more of a WebSphere bent. This evolution occurred for a couple of reasons. For one, a lot of J2EE documentation already exists, especially on Sun's Java web site. For another, new news on J2EE has been somewhat sparse; the J2EE 1.4 spec came out nearly two years ago (Nov 2003), and J2EE 5 (JSR 244) may not be final before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the organization I work in, IBM Software Services for WebSphere, has a mission of teaching current and potential WebSphere customers more about WebSphere products. So I get exposure to a lot of good information about our products, information IBM is trying to communicate to our customers, but without any perfect approach to get the right information to the right people whenever they need it. So this blog has evolved into an opportunity to help with this effort. Thus I've covered customer relationship topics like Working with IBM Support, new capabilities like WAS 6 high availability, new features like the Service Integration Bus, and new products like WebSphere Extended Deployment. A very early theme has been What You Should Be Reading, which has now lead to a whole article, "Where can I learn about WebSphere?"
So if you keep up with this blog, hopefully it helps you keep up with new products, what's new in the products, and gives you a better understanding of the products and how to use them. Meanwhile, we'll continue to talk about basic technologies like J2EE and JMS, and technology trends like SOA and ESBs. Thanks for joining.