A History of JavaRanch
Unable to find a friendly place for Java beginners in 1997, Kathy registered the javaranch.com
domain name and decided to create one herself. She built Javaranch while living on a tiny little
ranch called the 'nano-ranch'. She was studying for the SCJP, and when friends came to visit her,
they called her place the Java Ranch, and the name stuck.
She created most of the
Rules Roundup Game(her very first Java program), and
Code Barn back in 1998.
This is what the front page looked like on Thursday, March 05, 1998.
J A V A R A N C H
even the sheep write code
We're still paintin' the lower 40 fence
y'all come back in a few weeks
Secret place for Lingo programmers
who attended the Lingo SIG talk by Kathy Kozel
This is what it looked like on Wednesday, January 25, 1999.
I like the "Code Cow" and the "Webmooseter" parts. Kathy did the graphics herself.
Then she got a job teaching Java for Sun, and thought it best
not to continue with a Java site.
Several people were interested in buying Javaranch, but Kathy decided to shut it down rather
than see it lose its personality and friendly, ranchy atmosphere. However, Paul Wheaton came along and
convinced her that he was the right person to take over the Cowgirl role, so she gave it to him
for the price of a pancake breakfast in Golden, Colorado (where the transfer was notarized).
After much negotiation it was agreed that Paul would become TrailBoss, rather than Cowgirl,
although we'd still like to see him wear those pink-fringed chaps of hers.
Meanwhile, Paul owned eporkchop.com, which included
"Web based threaded messaging for Java discussion",
as well as "Java College", "Style Guide", and
"Paul Wheaton's Programming Pearls", and a link to "Java Ranch,
A non-commercial geek site with character! SCJP info and Java concept demos."
These morphed into
Moose Saloon forums,
the Cattle Drive (Java College),
the Chicken Coop,
and the Bunkhouse,
which started with 29 book reviews (27 by Paul and a couple by Kathy).
In September of 1999 JavaRanch was off-line. On January 15th, 2000, Kathy gave Paul a floppy disk with
the old content on it, and JavaRanch went back on the air.
Click here to see what the main page
looked like on March 2, 2000.
Here is the main page on May 20, 2000.
David Rizzi and
Stephanie Grasson helped with these pages.
You can see a few more changes here.
Of course, you can always find the current main JavaRanch page at www.javaranch.com.
12/14/1998 - First post in the forums
(transferred from eporkchop.com)
12/28/1998 - First post in Java in General
11/08/1999 - Frank Carver
becomes a sheriff.
01/15/2000 - JavaRanch is back on-line under new management
Notice the differences in the moose between Kathy's index page and Paul's index page.
03/16/2000 - Tony Alicea and
07/26/2000 - Maha Anna
08/10/2000 - JavaRanch moved to ejip.net (host)
09/22/2000 - naming policy enforcement implemented
10/17/2000 - Ajith Kallambella and
xx/xx/2000 - Angela Poynton became lead to
enhance the Bunkhouse (sometime between 08/10/2000 and 12/31/2000)
11/xx/2000 - Bill Bozeman
helped develop the General Store (sometime between 11/01/2000 and 11/30/2000)
11/17/2000 - Cat and Mouse StoryBits Campfire story,
Carl Trusiak and
Marilyn de Queiroz, deployed
11/17/2000 - Ajith Kallambella wrote Moderator Guidelines
12/17/2000 - Angela Poynton becomes a sheriff.
01/02/2001 - Hired Guns deployed
01/03/2001 - inactivated General Store
01/14/2001 - Uncle Martin's Ghost Stories,
developed by Jane Griscti, deployed
01/20/2001 - The contact page was changed from static HTML to JSP.
02/02/2001 - Bunkhouse "team" formed
02/03/2001 - Marilyn de Queiroz and
02/21/2001 - banners for book promos replace book headers
02/16/2001 - began using XML on JavaRanch
03/06/2001 - updated Gramps/links page
03/14/2001 - Linker for exposing UBB posts to search engines created by
*04/09/2001 -> 04/10/2001 - JR crashed
*04/16/2001 - JR crashed
*04/18/2001 -> 04/19/2001 - "unable to post" messages
06/17/2001 - The contact page began to use XML
07/11/2001 - inactivated Hired Guns
07/21/2001 - New SCWCD Exam forum
10/26/2001 - Passport book published
Margarita Isayeva (also known as Mapraputa Is),
and Kathy Sierra,
who are all contributors at JavaRanch)
*12/22/2001 -> 12/27/2002 - JavaRanch crashed
12/28/2001 - InfoPop upgrade of UBB
01/09/2002 - CVS installed
01/02/2002 - first Newsletter published
04/02/2002 - Cindy Glass,
Mapraputa Is, and
04/07/2002 - migrated to new server (divided the site into saloon.javaranch.com, ranch.javaranch.com, and test.javaranch.com)
04/18/2002 - began "selling" banner ads
04/18/2002 - serious discussion of a possible move to Jive begins
05/31/2002 - new look and feel deployed
05/31/2002 - Tack Room deployed
08/17/2002 - Tip Jar
in process - this history page
Some of the bartenders and sheriffs wanted to share about
what brought us to JavaRanch.
Current Moose Saloon forum
Sheriffs, Bartenders, RanchHands, Greenhorns. What does it all mean?
Sheriffs are administrators with full access to administrative functions.
They are hand-picked by the TrailBoss, Paul Wheaton.
Bartenders are moderators of the forums with partial access to administrative functions.
They are nominated by current sheriffs and bartenders.
RanchHands are posters who have more than 30 posts.
Greenhorns are posters who have 30 or fewer posts.
How about some history on the current moose graphic (the one with the fly) used in the saloon
Paul Wheaton designed the Moose. He stated,
"Before merging my site with Kathy's, I already had forums.
Kathy had something on her home page that said "Big Moose Saloon - coming soon!" and she had a cutesie moose.
So when we merged the two sites, I took that name and stuck it on the forums
(I almost went with "The Mangy Moose Saloon"). I then thought that a place with "moose"
in the name would probably have a moose head mounted inside somewhere that would be the mascot.
I decided that the moose head would probably be in a state of disrepair.
I drew the first moose. I took my crappy drawing to an artist friend and she made a better drawing.
Her first draft looked like a real moose! I made her simplify the art work so it would fit the motif.
She agreed to do it on the condition that I don't mention her name! She feels that the quality of
the moose is so low, she doesn't want her art friends to think that she's a poor artist!
When she was done, I scanned it in and added the fly.
People who were made bartenders
Before January 09, 2001
Frank CarverOn January, 2001
Peter HaggarMay, 2001
Johannes de JongOctober 14, 2001
Peter den Haan
Valentin CrettazOctober 15, 2001
Dave VickNovember 17, 2001April 17, 2002
Jose BotellaMay 24, 2002