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10 years ago today

O'Reilly logoTen years ago on this day, O'Reilly published an article that I wrote called Building an Open Source J2EE Weblogger, the article that introduced the Roller weblogger (now known as Apache Roller) to the world. It changed my career and my life in a bunch of nice ways and 10 years later I'm still benefiting from my choice to create Roller and write that article. So you can get a taste of the times, here's the intro:

Building an Open Source J2EE Weblogger: As a Java developer, you should be aware of the tremendous wealth of open source development software that is available for your use -- even if you have no desire to release any of your own software as open source. In this article, I will introduce you to some of the most useful open source Java development tools by showing you how I used these tools to develop a complete database-driven Web application called Roller.

Roller fits into the relatively new category of software called webloggers: applications that make it easy for you to maintain a weblog, also known as a blog -- a public diary where you link to recent reading on the Web and comment on items of interest to you.

The Roller Web application allows you to maintain a Web site that consists of a weblog, an organized collection of favorite Web bookmarks, and a collection of favorite news feeds. You can define Web pages to display your weblog, bookmarks, and news feeds. By editing the HTML templates that define these pages, you have almost total control over the layout and appearance of these pages. Most importantly, you can do all of this without leaving the Roller Web application -- no programming is required.

I've written and talked about Roller and the history of Roller numerous times. If you're interested in learning more about it here's my most recent Roller presentation, which covers Roller history in some detail:

These days, Roller isn't really thriving as an open source project. Wordpress became the de facto standard blogging package and then micro-blogging took over the world. There are only a couple of active committers and most recent contributions have come via student contributions. Though IBM, Oracle and other companies still use it heavily, they do not contribute back to the project. If you're interested in contributing to Roller or becoming part of the Apache Software Foundation, then Roller needs YOU!.


the best blogger ever

Posted by omid on April 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM EDT #

After 2000+ entries on Roller I think I can claim that this is one of the very rare software that has never let me down.

Kudos Dave for all the work and energy you've put into this!

Posted by Alexis MP on April 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM EDT #

A 10 year long Time well spent I must say. This kind of product matters larger than any tangible benefit you could get.

Just stopped by to say thanks for all your work you have done so far to make this great.

Posted by Java Developer on May 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM EDT #

In my knowledge roller is best blogware. I had used roller 3.1 with struts 1.x and roller 4.x with struts 2.x in 2007-2008. I have learned a lot from this blogware.

Posted by Nitin Lokhande on June 03, 2012 at 06:36 AM EDT #

[Trackback] Wouldn't you know it, I missed my 10-year blogiversary. 10 years ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog post . This was shortly after reading Dave Johnson's article about Roller . I originally started this blog to share a bunch of tips and tricks I'd...

Posted by Raible Designs on August 02, 2012 at 06:09 PM EDT #

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