Finally the Best of SDN 2005 from the SDN Team. Beauty is, most of what is listed has been mentioned by one of you in the Best of SDN 2005 your suggestions … already.
In no particular order:
Thomas Jung and Brian McKellar together writing the Advanced BSP programming book. Two SDNers, one an SAP Employee one a developer at an SAP customer living on different continents and getting to know each other on SDN and without talking once on the phone finishing and publishing a book. Amazing.
The Download Area had over 150,000 downloads of NetWeaver-related evaluation software. SDN didn’t provide a combined Java and ABAP package, so community members (Gregor Wolf and others) figured out a way of installing the two individual packages together and shared their experiences in the forums.
Speak Your Voice; New ABAP Editor for Older Releases. It was an amazing community effort. Thomas Jung rallied the troops with New ABAP Editor; too good to wait for. Speak Your Voice; New ABAP Editor for Older Releases and the Back-porting the New ABAP Editor to older WebAS Releases with 220 replies was created. I have to admit we the SAP SDN Team dropped the ball on this one. Actually the truth is I dropped the ball. There were quite some discussions going on within SAP and a project plan was set up and 60 development days were calculated for it and now we only need someone to shell out the money so we can hire an experienced SAP developer to do the work? SDN is offering to pay for half of it, but which group within SAP is willing to pay for the other half? I have right now so many other things on my plate, and this issue didn’t get the attention that it deserved. The project is not dead yet and may be this paragraph will make the difference. Not sure what Thomas‘ first tasks here at SAP are, but may be Back-porting the ABAP editor and Debugger would just be the right tasks to get him up to speed regarding the SAP internal development environment.
Best thing I did this year is hands down grabbing the opportunity to hire Craig Cmehil when he knocked on SAP’s door. He was a force on SDN before coming on board, briefly even surpassing Thomas Jung to be the Top SDN contributor. Now he is even stronger from within SAP keeping the Weblogs flowing, dealing with the Felixes of SDN, tireless working on improvements to SDN and the community experience. His performance as Quizmaster at the SDN Clubhouse was just terrific. It allows me to take my hands off and focus on the real important stuff like iPod deliveries 😉
http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/6806 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] writing his I LOVE Open Source—Really! Weblog post to correct some wrong VNUnet.com interpretation of his Churchill Club Interview on SDN was a highlight of 2005. It proved that in regards to development SDN is the place for Shai’s voice and that not only during TechEd time. He is a great leader, the icing would have been if he would have also commented to DJ’s blog: SAP and Open Source: an analysis and letter to SAP and Shai, but there were some excellent comments from other SAP employees.
Welcome to the SDN Podcast! is surprisingly often mentioned as a Best of SDN in the Best of SDN 2005 your suggestions …. http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/360 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] from the SDN Team in Israel was the one who pushed it through. We are doing our best to bring you the latest SDN community news on a weekly basis. What has not happened yet is community created content. What are you waiting for? Would love to hear your voices too. Would be a good candidate for Best of 2006.
I loved the Web Dynpro 24 Day Calendar from the especially as it was itself programmed in Web Dynpro (It looks like it has been taken down already). I even tried to solve one of the Soduko puzzle and failed miserably.
Again power of SDN: Valerie Silaev writes: I’m not sure whether or not it is a first poll on SDN, but this is definitely a first poll of such class:
started by Armin Reichert on Feb 9, 2005 Almost every (OK, filtered by useful + demanded 😉 enhancement discussed here get into NW04s release of WebDynpro for Java. Yes that one I didn’t even know about, more reason to love it.
Harald Reiter and Adobe @ SAP TechEd drawing crowds of people to their SDN Clubhouse sessions. They had a small advantage that there were no competing TechEd sessions during their time slot. Nevertheless great job. Update: Totally forgot and my apology: If James Brown is the hardest working man in show business Eddy de Clerk this year was the hardest working man in and around the SDN Clubhouse. Not only did he present in the regular SAP TechEd program, he also had his own Top SDN Contributor Q&A as well as a BoF session. On top of all of it he would tape his session and others like the SDN quiz. Thank you Eddy.
XI FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is the most visited Weblog post of all times. Thanks Michal Krawczyk for creating it and keeping it up to date. Moving this information to a Wiki would make that update easier and all this XI excitement that is happening on SDN right now could be funneled into improving the content.
The best of the best of SDN are the active community members which can be measured by the fact that in 2005 we quintupled the forum posts from 260 to 1400 per day (more forum statistics in a separate post).
Pizzaman in the Best of SDN 2005 your suggestions … is so right: The best part od SDN, has been, and continues to be the folks that participate. Almost universally positive and supportive of others, both those looking fo answers and those offering the benefit of their experience. The BI forums have exploded with participation. I really enjoy seeing the responses from SAP folks to questions, and am glad there doesn’t appear to be any corporate restrictions on their ability to participate.
There is actually so much more, but it is getting really late.
Let’s make sure we keep it up in 2006.