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Azul, Datadog, DataStax, JFrog, Payara, and Snyk Form Inaugural Foojay Advisory Board

January 28, 2021


  • Geertjan Wielenga

    Geertjan is Senior Director of Open Source Projects at Azul and Apache NetBeans PMC Chair.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 28, 2021 –, the community site for developers who use, target, and run their applications on top of Java and OpenJDK, today named the companies who will make up its advisory board—Azul, Datadog, DataStax, JFrog, Payara, and Snyk. The board will guide the direction, content and oversight of with the goal to grow the community and meet its mission to provide free information for everyday Java developers.

“It’s not easy keeping up with the rapid OpenJDK development cadence,” said Geertjan Wielenga, Senior Director of Open Source Projects at Azul. “Foojay is here to be a Java dashboard, with all the latest curated information for developers using Java daily. It includes insights into the latest OpenJDK releases, describing where its distributions can be found, listing daily tips and tricks in every area of Java. It is a place of learning for newbies to the Java world and a place where experts share their knowledge with the Java community.”

Java can be a complex world and Foojay is designed to help developers navigate it confidently. Each quarter, for example, a new OpenJDK update is released to multiple major versions of the platform at the same time. In addition to that complexity, there are multiple OpenJDK distributions to choose from because of the inherent open source nature of Java. Foojay provides an overview of the increasingly diversified platform with insights into the vibrant Java ecosystem and its projects and discussions.

It’s incredibly important for every ecosystem to have a core location for information to help grow the community and be an educational resource for all developers to use,” said Simon Maple, Vice President, Developer Relations & Community at Snyk, the cloud native application security leader. “Java has lacked this core space for many years and I’m really excited that Snyk is involved in Foojay’s goals and direction.”

“Foojay, as a community-focused, vendor-neutral, knowledge-sharing platform, aligns perfectly with our ethos,” said Steve Millidge, CEO and founder of Payara. “The Payara team will be contributing our expertise to Foojay, particularly around Jakarta EE, Cloud Native Java, and Microservices.”

DataStax, with its leading database products based on open source Cassandra, is also involved. “Having a single resource for everything OpenJDK is much needed and we’re very happy to support this effort,” said Pieter Humphrey, developer product manager at DataStax. “Our large and diverse community needs a gathering place and resources for experienced and new users alike. This is going to let us do less searching for information and more coding!”

Marcus Hirt, Director of Engineering at Datadog, leaders in Java security and monitoring, said, “Foojay is a great initiative to provide a focal point for all things OpenJDK!”

A key strength of Java is its longevity and the strength of its community. DevOps leader JFrog, the creator of Artifactory, the world’s first universal repository manager, also joins Foojay, bringing strong expertise around the intersection of Java and modern delivery practices. "Foojay is an example of the strength and longevity of the Java community that is greater than any single company,” said Stephen Chin, Vice President of Developer Relations at JFrog. “It is composed of active, passionate, and caring individuals who want to share their expertise and help mentor the next generation of developers. We’re excited to be part of the conversation and help the community leverage modern CI/CD and cloud-native technologies for our beloved Java.”

With this announcement, Foojay also announces its first event, which will be at FOSDEM, the world’s largest open source developer conference where every year thousands of developers from all over the world gather—online this year, February 6 and 7, 2021. To learn more and how developers can participate and attend, go here.

Foojay, a place for Friends of OpenJDK, is a fast-growing community focused around the OpenJDK, providing tips and insights for Java developers, and user-focused Java and OpenJDK technical dashboards with free information on all things Java. A dedicated blogging area is available on Foojay to anyone who has thoughts or code to share on topics relevant to the Java ecosystem. To contribute, send a mail to [email protected].
Follow us on Twitter @foojayio.

Azul is the largest company 100% focused on Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), providing the world’s most trusted open source Java enterprise platform. Azul’s Java runtimes power Microsoft Azure; the cloud infrastructure of companies like Bazaarvoice, Priceline, and Workday; and the operations and products of Avaya, BMW, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, LG, Mastercard, Mizuho, and Software AG. Azul’s customers include 27% of the Fortune 100, 50% of Forbes Top 10 World’s Most Valuable Brands, and all 10 of the world’s Top 10 financial trading companies. Azul solutions are available for developers, ISVs, enterprises with on-prem and cloud deployments, as well as for OEMs building embedded and IoT devices. Follow us on Twitter @AzulSystems.

Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG) is the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. Our SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring, and log management to provide unified, real-time observability of our customers’ entire technology stack. Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes and across a wide range of industries to enable digital transformation and cloud migration, drive collaboration among development, operations, security, and business teams, accelerate time to market for applications, reduce time to problem resolution, secure applications, and infrastructure, understand user behavior and track key business metrics. Follow us on Twitter at @datadoghq.

DataStax is the open, multi-cloud stack for modern data apps. DataStax gives enterprises the freedom of choice, simplicity, and true cloud economics to deploy massive data, delivered via APIs, powering rich interactions on multi-cloud, open source and Kubernetes. Follow us on Twitter @DataStax.

JFrog (NASDAQ: FROG) is on a “Liquid Software” mission to enable the flow of software seamlessly and securely from the developer’s keystrokes to production. The end-to-end, hybrid JFrog DevOps Platform provides the tools and visibility required by modern software development organizations to fully embrace the power of DevOps. JFrog’s universal, multi-cloud DevOps platform is available as open-source, self-managed, and SaaS services on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. JFrog is trusted by millions of users and thousands of customers, including a majority of the Fortune 100 companies that depend on JFrog solutions to manage their mission-critical software delivery pipelines. JFrog has offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. Follow us on Twitter @jfrog.

Payara Services is a global open source company and a recognized leader in the creation of innovative infrastructure software for today and tomorrow. We provide industry-leading expertise, products, and services that enable our users to create world-class solutions across a diverse range of industries. Our core product - Payara Server Enterprise - is a cloud-native middleware application platform supporting mission critical production systems with reliable and secure deployments of Jakarta EE (Java EE) applications on premise, in the cloud, or hybrid environments. A stable platform with monthly releases, bug fixes, and a 10-year software lifecycle, Payara Server is aggressively compatible with the ecosystem, cloud vendors, Docker, and Kubernetes. Payara Enterprise customers include BMW Group, Rakuten, iTAC Software, and Hyperwallet, among other global enterprises
. Follow us on Twitter @Payara_Fish.

Snyk, the cloud native application security leader, has a vision to empower every software developer in the world to develop fast and stay secure. Only Snyk provides a platform to secure all of the critical components of today's cloud native application development including the code, open source libraries, container infrastructure and infrastructure as code. Snyk's developer-first approach enables technology-driven companies to scale security in today's fast-paced digitally transforming world.  Snyk's security platform is powered by its industry-leading proprietary vulnerability database, maintained by the expert Snyk security research team, that also powers security solutions from strategic partners such as Datadog, Docker, IBM Cloud, Rapid7, Red Hat and Trend Micro. The company works with global customers of all sizes to empower developers to automatically integrate security throughout their existing workflows. Follow us on Twitter @snyksec.

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  • Geertjan Wielenga

    Geertjan is Senior Director of Open Source Projects at Azul and Apache NetBeans PMC Chair.

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