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Sonya Barry

Sonya Barry started out with Sun in 2005 as an intern at while in grad school working on an interdisciplinary masters in Computer Science with emphasis in Education. She was hired as a full time engineer at Sun 2007 and became's Community Manager in 2009.  She then continued on with after Oracle took responsibility for the site in 2010 and now serves as both Community Manager and Program Manager.


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Hardware Upgrade Scheduled for April 19, 2013

Posted by sonyabarry on March 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM PDT

If you keep an eye on either of our sister sites, or, you may have noticed some downtime recently. The Kenai engineering team has been working on hardware upgrades across the board for all the sites that sit on their platform. Since we're the biggest, we're the last to go.

Jfokus Day 1-ish.

Posted by sonyabarry on February 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM PST

I arrived in Stockholm on Sunday morning and checked into my hotel which is directly connected to the conference center. It is hugely convenient to not have to go play in the snow if I need to run back to my room for something.

Quick JIRA update

Posted by sonyabarry on December 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM PST

If you're a regular JIRA user you've probably noticed that things are different after we were offline for 24 hours earlier this week. As a compromise to get JIRA back up we've had to disable access for unauthenticated users and tweak some settings around attachments. We are working on a long term fix that will restore service completely but it won't be ready for a few weeks.

Welcome the JavaFX Community!

Posted by sonyabarry on October 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM PDT

This week we launched the new JavaFX Community on Jim Weaver and Gerrit Grunwald are running the show and have put together a fantastic set of resources for you. Please take a look and let us know what you think! at JavaOne 2012

Posted by sonyabarry on September 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM PDT

A week from right now I'll be wrapping up my first shift at the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Lounge at JavaOne. In a major return to our roots, we'll be right in the middle of the demogrounds in the expo hall this year.

Thursday at OSCON

Posted by sonyabarry on July 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM PDT
Cheryl Miller has been running Greenlight for Girls, an international group promoting girls in technology for the last couple of years. She believes that girls will save the world, and brought a great project to OSCON - a mission to Mars, working with a group of girls aged 11-15.

Wednesday at OSCON

Posted by sonyabarry on July 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM PDT
Wednesday at OSCON we kicked off the morning with the opening plenaries. David Eaves' talk inspired me to attend his longer session later in the day - Open Source 2.0 - The Science of Community Management. It was packed - in fact the most crowded session I've ever seen here. People sharing chairs, sitting on every available spot on the floor, leaning up against the back wall and the doors.

Tuesday at OSCON

Posted by sonyabarry on July 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM PDT
For me, OSCON officially started with the Ignite talks on Monday night - ranging from makerbots to the perfect poached egg. I love ignite talks because the good ones are brilliant and the not so good ones are over in five minutes anyway.

OSCON 2012 kicks off today!

Posted by sonyabarry on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM PDT
I've been in Portland since Friday afternoon. OSCON week is always one of my favorites - Community Leadership Summit on Saturday and Sunday, and then I start my OSCON experience with Ignite talks this evening.

2012 Duke's Choice Award Nominations close Friday

Posted by sonyabarry on June 12, 2012 at 6:24 AM PDT

Did you know this is the 10th anniversary of the Duke's Choice Award program? This year we moved the home site and nominations process to If you know of a great innovative project please let us know! You can nominate as many as you like. Nine will be chosen by our judges and a tenth will be open to public voting for the Community Choice award via a poll on in a few weeks.