Forum reaches 5000 posts

We reached 5000 messages today in the Vaadin forum. This is major milestone for the Vaadin community because the forum is central for communications, helping each other and for cooking up new ideas. Community growth since introduction of Vaadin has been fast - the number of messages per week has roughly tripled in the past six months.

Below is a graph showing the number of weekly forum posts since the beginning of 2008:

Even better than the growth is the quality - Vaadin forums and the community (you) are in my opinion exceptionally friendly to all participants. When a new member joins, no questions are considered silly and even the tough ones get answered rapidly.

I would like to thank all of you who have made Vaadin forum and community such a friendly place. Please keep up this exceptional spirit!

- Joonas


TheServerSide Java Symposium in Prague

TheServerSide Java Symposium in Prague is about to start. TheServerSide Java Symposium is an intensive educational event that gives you essential development technologies, expert insight into today's most relevant frameworks, and practical, real-world ways to architect, develop and maintain Java-based applications and systems. This year Vaadin is sponsoring the event. 


We will give away few books at our booth! So that those interested in taking a closer look to server-driven Java web UI have something to read on the way home. Also as usual, we will have a few demos running and you can examine Vaadin applications in their natural (development) environment - a Java IDE.




Liferay and Vaadin Announce Partnership

LiferayAs the press release says, now it is official: "Liferay, Inc., provider of leading open source enterprise portal and collaboration software, and IT Mill Ltd., provider of the Vaadin rich user interface library, recently announced a new technology partnership. The collaboration will simplify and reduce the cost of developing sophisticated and secure rich user interfaces for Liferay-based enterprise applications."

What does this mean in practice for a Liferay and/or Vaadin developer? Simply, it means an easy way of building rich web applications on top of Liferay platform.

We have been working on Vaadin portlet integration for some time now and Vaadin-based portlets run nicely on Liferay. Read Teemu's article about how to get started today! If you are using Eclipse download the plugin and startup Liferay - Your first application is nearly deployed.

The upcoming Liferay 5.3 will introduce more seamless integration of Vaadin applications. Better portlet commmunication and full support for installing and running multiple rich portlets in Liferay portal environment.

For those only interested in seeing what this looks like, and what kind of applications you can build with Vaadin-Liferay combo, take a look at the tech demo of new Mail Portlet: