Apart from new features, I also fixed bugs and integrated Pull Requests from the community. All in all, in these 3 years, I managed to get into the Top 4 contributors for the Hibernate ORM project.
At the beginning of 2018, the Hibernate project got a new Discourse-based forum. The UI is much better than the one offered by the old forum, and you can authenticate with Google, GitHub or Twitter which is very convenient for our users.
The new forum has got more traction than the previous one, so it was a very good move that we migrated to this Discourse-based forum:
That was sad! If you don’t take care of the community, people are going to walk away. After I became a Developer Advocate, I decided to make the forum a priority as the forum’s user statistics confirms it too:
If you have any question about Hibernate and want it to be answered by the actual Hibernate developers, then the Hibernate forum is the right place to ask your question.
From around 8200 followers at the end of 2017, we now have over 11.5k Twitter followers. Thanks for following the Hibernate project!
All in all, working as a Developer Advocate is a great journey, and I’m looking forward to the next year to come. Stay tuned for more great content about your favorite Java data access framework and JPA provider.