2008 was a very successful year for the NetBeans Community Docs program, and I am proud to say that all of you played a role in its success. I especially would like to thank Contribution Coordinator Varun Nischal for his tremendous achievements and innovative leadership, both of which were vital factors in the growth of the program.2008 also saw the appointment of Community Docs Evangelists, increased multi-language documentation, the publication of a regular newsletter, and a blog dedicated to the program. 2008 was also a good year for the program in terms of recognition. It was highlighted in several articles and as part of NetBeans 10th Birthday celebration.
2009 is nearly here, and the program will continue to evolve. We want to take the existing momentum and expand the program to reach a wider range of contributors. We also want to increase focusing on quality of contributions and adherence to existing style guides. Another challenge we look forward to engaging is creating a more purposeful documentation wish list and creating specialists for certain types of documentation.
On April 1, a new Contribution Coordinator will take the reins: Kristian Rink. A long time participant in the program, Kristian will bring new ideas to the program, building on the strong foundation that Amit Kumar Saha and Varun Nischal have established.
Happy New Year
I look forward to the new year and the challenges it will certainly bring. More importantly, I am proud to be working with such fine people as you all are, and I wish you a happy, healthy, and successful 2009.