2012-07-02

Happy Birthday Apache Camel - Camel turns five years today

Happy 5 years birthday Apache Camel.
Apache Camel turns 5 years today
When does a software project have its birthday, is it the day of its
  • first commit
  • public announcement
  • any first 0.x release (pre 1.0)
  • or at the very first 1.0 release
Well today is July 2th 2012, and 5 years ago Apache Camel 1.0 was released and published to Maven Central.

Apache Camel 1.0 Release at Maven Central
So lets celebrate the birthday of Apache Camel today by marking its been 5 years since the very first 1.0 release hit the streets. The Camel team created a fantastic first release, which I blogged about previously.

Apache Camel 1.0 Release
Just to complete the bullets, so the first commit was done by one of the founders, James Strachan, on March 19th 2007. And its no wonder that it was James who made the first public announcement of Apache Camel on his blog on May 15th 2007. And 3 months later as we know it, Camel 1.0 was released on July 2th 2007.

Over the course of time the Camel team have released many Camel releases.
  • A total of 11 release of the Camel 1.x series.
  • And so far 23 releases (and 3 milestones, and 1 RC) of the Camel 2.x series.
The project has since grown tremendously and today is one of the most popular integration frameworks out there.

In January 2009 the project became a top level project at Apache.

Apache Camel has been presented at many conferences over the years, the first talk was at the Irish Java Tech Conference in November 2007 by James Strachan. Ever since a lot of people have spoken about Camel at conferences, JUGs, webinars and so forth. We have a link collection where you can find some of these presentations.

The popularity of the Camel project keep rising and at the beginning of 2011, the Camel in Action book went into print.  Having a book published by the well respected Manning publication is a testimony of the popularity of the project.
Here today 5 years later the Camel project goes from strength to strengt, as the next couple of chars proves.
Quarterly visitis on the Apache Camel website

Yearly posts on Camel user mailing list
Number of commits on the project
Number of Camel components out of the box
And since the end of 2011 we have added two more committers, and the upcoming Camel 2.10 release adds a whopping of 18 new components. So the chars is continuing the growth.

Last year the first annual conference in its name - CamelOne - took place in Washington DC, and the event took place in Boston this year. 
2nd annual CamelOne conference
All the sessions from 2012 was recorded, and you can find the videos to watch on your leisure. At CamelOne 2012 we had a sneak birthday celebration of Apache Camel, by having a Camel cake.
Camel Birthday Cake at CamelOne 2012
Today the Camel team is busy finalizing on the last bits for the upcoming Apache Camel 2.10 release.

I guess even James Strachan would not have anticipated what he and the fellow creates of Camel set out 5 years ago, would turn into such a successful project, that he gets a ride on a real Camel.

James Strachan riding a real Camel

1 comment:

Christian Mueller said...

I really like it...

Christian