For those of you new to it, the Duke’s Choice Awards program was initiated by Sun Microsystems in 2002 in an effort to “celebrate extreme innovation in the world of Java technology” – in essence, it’s the “MVP” of the Java ecosystem. Since it acquired Sun in 2009, Oracle has continued the tradition of bestowing the award, and in fact has made the process more community-oriented by accepting nominations from the public and involving Java User Groups in the judging effort.
For the 2012 awards, I’m happy to report that Apache Hadoop is among the awardees – which also include the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Liquid Robotics, and Java cloud company Jelastic Inc., among others.
As Doug Cutting, the Hadoop project’s founder, current ASF chairman, and Cloudera’s chief architect, explains in the Java Magazine writeup about the award, “Java is the primary language of the Hadoop ecosystem…and Hadoop is the de facto standard operating system for big data. So, as the big data trend spreads, Java spreads too.”
Update (10/2/2012): And here’s documentary evidence – a group photo of the winners! That’s Clouderan committer Eli Collins in the back row, second from right.
So, a big congrats to Apache Hadoop for getting the recognition it deserves from the Java community!