History of Apache Storm and lessons learned

History of Apache Storm and lessons learned by Nathan Marz.

From the post:

Apache Storm recently became a top-level project, marking a huge milestone for the project and for me personally. It’s crazy to think that four years ago Storm was nothing more than an idea in my head, and now it’s a thriving project with a large community used by a ton of companies. In this post I want to look back at how Storm got to this point and the lessons I learned along the way.

The topics I will cover through Storm’s history naturally follow whatever key challenges I had to deal with at those points in time. The first 25% of this post is about how Storm was conceived and initially created, so the main topics covered there are the technical issues I had to figure out to enable the project to exist. The rest of the post is about releasing Storm and establishing it as a widely used project with active user and developer communities. The main topics discussed there are marketing, communication, and community development.

Any successful project requires two things:

  1. It solves a useful problem
  2. You are able to convince a significant number of people that your project is the best solution to their problem

What I think many developers fail to understand is that achieving that second condition is as hard and as interesting as building the project itself. I hope this becomes apparent as you read through Storm’s history.

All projects are different but the requirements for success:

  1. It solves a useful problem
  2. You are able to convince a significant number of people that your project is the best solution to their problem

sound universal to me!

To clarify point #2, “people” means “other people.”

Preaching to a mirror or choir isn’t going to lead to success.

Nor will focusing on “your problem” as opposed to “their problem.”

PS: New Year’s Eve advice – Don’t download large files. 😉 Slower than you want to think. Suspect people on my subnet are streaming football games and/or porno videos, perhaps both (screen within screen).

I first saw this in a tweet by Bob DuCharme.

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