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Happy Birthday JavaRanch!

paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20965

Happy Birthday JavaRanch!

Somebody pointed out that the JavaRanch domain was first registered on January 26, 1998. That makes JavaRanch 12 years old today.

I like the number 12. It can be divided evenly by so many things.

JavaRanch now serves about 2.1 million people each month with about 6.5 million pageviews.

I think a lot of our traffic boost is thanks to switching over to the new JForum software. That would be the work of Jeanne Boyarsky running point. With Ernest Friedman-Hill and Ulf Dittmer right behind her. And quite a few of the staff contributed to the project.

JForum hums along at about 4% of the server capacity. A massive savings over the old UBB stuff that was hitting 100% several times a day (remember the "pants down" messages?)

On the one year JForum anniversary, just a few weeks ago, Jeanne gave us mobile cabability! I think many of you have already discovered using JavaRanch via your blackberry or iPhone!

Have you noticed a massive improvement in the advertisers at JavaRanch? I think they are quality outfits that are very topical. Do me a favore and check out our sponsors.

A few weeks ago I was using the JavaRanch server to send out some emails to users of my other site ( when I accidentally sent it to you all instead. Sorry about that! The weird thing is that I got a lot of response from people telling me that stuff was awesome! Well, for those folks: I just uploaded a new video to youtube about a greenhouse with a rocket mass heater and it is already on the "science and technology" "popular" list! Take a peek at

Most of all, I think today is a great day to say .... thanks. Thanks for hanging out with us at the ranch. Thanks for coming back. Thanks for the good, wholeseme discussion.

Itereatively yours,

Paul Wheaton

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Armando Flores Ibarra

Joined: Oct 17, 2009
Posts: 17
Thank you for this great place !!!

Justin Howard
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Joined: Feb 19, 2009
Posts: 162
Happy Birthday!
Harikesh Singh

Joined: Mar 08, 2007
Posts: 1
Happy Birthday!!!
Mazer Lao Tzu
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Joined: Jan 20, 2010
Posts: 35
Happy Birthday!!!

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Kartik Shah
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Joined: Dec 07, 2000
Posts: 102
Happy Birthday !!!

Kartik Shah
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Soniya Ahuja
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
Posts: 83
Thanks for 12 untiring years of knowledge, guidance and a lot more Happy Birthday

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Deepak Jain
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Joined: Aug 05, 2006
Posts: 637
B'day bumps from me

Robert Szymczak

Joined: Aug 26, 2008
Posts: 1
Happy 12th Brithday JavaRanch!!!
Kanishka Ajwani
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Joined: Nov 30, 2009
Posts: 62
Happy Birthday JavaRanch, thanks for such a nice platform
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Joined: Jun 03, 2000
Posts: 5040
I will proudly wear my 10 year old JavaRanch shirt tomorrow to work, and it still fits me just like it was 10 years back. I haven't been around lately but I can still feel the vibe. You know, I haven't forgotten my username / password. This place still has a significant place in my heart.

Happy birthday Ranch.

- m

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Sherif Shehab
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Joined: Mar 05, 2007
Posts: 484

First of all i wanna thank all who work or contribute on the marvellous site , Keep on Guys , and happy birthday JAVA RANCH wishing you 120 years not only 12 years

Geetha Gubendran
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 04, 2006
Posts: 75
Happy Birthday!!!
Julio Viegas

Joined: Jul 01, 2007
Posts: 11
happy birthday and thanks for all the green pasture you served me!!!
chandan kumar mitwaa
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Joined: Jul 01, 2009
Posts: 49
Happy Birthday

Chandan Kumar
Andy Lam

Joined: Nov 04, 2009
Posts: 2
Happy Birthday : )
Bhagat Singh Rawat
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Joined: Apr 04, 2009
Posts: 93
Many Many Returns Of the Day JavaRanch..

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fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11952

I would also like to thank the JavaRanch for many, many things. It's helped be be a better developer. I've made some awesome friends (many of whom I'd like to meet in person someday). It helped me adopt my daughter. And honestly, I think that being a moderator has helped me be a better person.

Paul and I have butted heads in the past on various issues, but I think even that was done in a polite, respectful way (I hope he feels the same). So I would like to personally and publicly thank him for all he does here that many folks never see.

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murthy vissapragada

Joined: Mar 08, 2008
Posts: 2
My Best Wishes to Java Ranch...

Chuani Yang

Joined: Aug 12, 2004
Posts: 1
Jeanne Boyarsky
author & internet detective

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 33102

Happy Birthday to JavaRanch!

And thanks to Ankit for the birthday moose.

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Kate Fraley

Joined: Jan 26, 2010
Posts: 1
Happy Birthday!
Tony Alicea

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 3226
Happy B'Day To Us All!

In 4 days it's going to be 10 years of membership for me!

Tony Alicea
Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
Grey Lisztjowicz

Joined: Dec 20, 2006
Posts: 6
Most excellent! Thanks for all the help over the years.
Jeanne Boyarsky
author & internet detective

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 33102

I'm thrilled to see 10 posters in this thread (above this post) with less than 20 posts here at the ranch. And five who have their very first post in this thread.

To those 5: Whether you registered today to say Happy Birthday or registered some time back and came out of lurker mode to post, it is great to see.
To the 10: You are all what makes JavaRanch special. A friendly place for Java greenhorns.
To the people who haven't posted in some time and came back: Happy memories; it is great to see you again.

And to everyone: This site wouldn't exist without the sense of community we all bring to this site.

12 years is a great milestone. Looking forward to many more.

Boy does this sound like a toast. Oh well, I'll raise a glass.

[edited to fix typo]
Jeanne Boyarsky
author & internet detective

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 33102

Make that 11. Greg snuck in right above my post.
Vijitha Kumara

Joined: Mar 24, 2008
Posts: 3902

Happy Birthday JR, many more to come

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Saifuddin Merchant
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Joined: Feb 08, 2009
Posts: 607

Happy B'day - Like everyone else I am a fan too

Three Cheers for JR

Cheers - Sam.
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Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

Happy birthday

JForum hums along at about 4% of the server capacity

Wow. That is nice to hear. How much RAM and disk space does it take ?

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M K Rayapudi
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Joined: Feb 19, 2007
Posts: 160
Happy Birthday

Alpesh Rathod
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Joined: Jan 06, 2009
Posts: 41
Excellent Work Javaranch....

Happy Birthday.....!!!

Prabakaran Tpk

Joined: Jan 22, 2010
Posts: 1
Happy Birthday Java Ranch.. We are here with you always to celebrate your fore coming Birthdays..
Neeba Rebbaca
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Joined: Oct 21, 2008
Posts: 159
Happy BirthDay. Thanks for this Great Job.
Pundlik Oulkar

Joined: Dec 16, 2009
Posts: 1
Be lated happy B'Day!!!

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Muhammad Umair Chodhery

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 1
Happy Birthday.
Soumava Chatterjee

Joined: Oct 30, 2009
Posts: 1
Happy B'Day Moose!!..let's continue the celebration..say what..for another n^n years!!..(by that time we would be all looking like santa!!!) ...cheers..ho..ho!!
Antany Vasanth
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Joined: Jan 28, 2009
Posts: 44
Happy Birthday...
kamlesh tayade
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Joined: Sep 21, 2005
Posts: 34
Wish you a happy birthday to the team and wish a great year and great association ahead

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Tomas Bauer

Joined: May 06, 2009
Posts: 1
Happy b-day! Thanks for being here all that time

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Vishal Srivastav
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Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Posts: 46

We all the wish warmest Happy Birthday to the greatest Java Forum ever existing. Thanks for making Java life good.

Vishal Srivastava, Software Engineer (Android), Paradigm Creatives
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