The Art of Leaving ...

I hope I don't let it sound too emotional, but I don't want to let it feel untrue as well. Yes, after working for Sun Microsystems for more than nine wonderful years and Oracle Inc. for a few days, I have decided to leave. This is my last blog-post and today is my last day.

Valedictory function speeches, parting conversations etc. have always been a challenge for me. This blog-post is no different. There is one Sanskrit verse though that captures how I feel very succinctly and it is as follows

      गुणवद्वस्तु संसर्गाद् याति स्वल्पोपि गौरवम् |
      पुष्पमालानुषङ्गेण सूत्रं शिरसि धार्यते || 
This blog-post states the meaning correctly. In other words,
Any small, ordinary thing gets crowning glory if it associates itself with a great entity, just like a common thread gets honoured because of its association, vicinity with the garland it holds!
My tenure at Sun Microsystems has been a testimony of the above. It's this place that made my stay a memorable one. There are things that I could have done differently and I regret not having done so, but the Sunny atmosphere here is simply unforgettable. I mean where else does a programmer get an opportunity to have a Bill-Joy- Number of 2? Where does a programmer get an opportunity to see and experience amazing and wacky things being built by remarkable personalities? Of course, there are places elsewhere and this is a rhetoric, but that does not curtail my excitement one bit. Thank you, Sun Microsystems Inc. Individual colleagues, friends and well-wishers who influenced me are just too many to list here.

The culmination of my career at Sun was being a part of GlassFish team where I could contribute building one of the most loved open source enterprise products. I feel fortunate to be part of this team and since it's open source, I can contribute to it wherever I go. You can always reach me at and I will be hanging around in the GlassFish users'/developers' list.


It was a great pleasure to work with you. Best wishes with your future gig.

Posted by Kohsuke Kawaguchi on February 24, 2010 at 06:58 AM PST #

Thank you Kedar for your contributions over last 10 years. A large part of enjoying your work is the people you work with and you will certainly be remembered by us. All the best.

Posted by kumara on February 24, 2010 at 07:01 AM PST #

It was a pleasure working with you. Your skills for sure will be highly appreciated wherever you go. Good Luck!!

Posted by Sathyan Catari on February 24, 2010 at 07:23 AM PST #

My best wishes to you, Kedar.
I'll replace the usual "I'm sure we will work again soon" with a "I hope you will get \*those\* folks to switch to GlassFish" :-)

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on February 24, 2010 at 08:45 AM PST #

Hi Kedar, All the best!! It was nice working with you.

Posted by Sankar on February 24, 2010 at 09:36 AM PST #

Really sorry to hear that you are moving on. Always a joy in any interactions with you.

Good luck with the future and I will hopefully see your involvement in the Glassfish open source products.

Posted by Donald Forbes on February 24, 2010 at 06:02 PM PST #

Merci Kedar for the time spent answering all those customer questions!

Posted by Alexis MP on February 24, 2010 at 08:46 PM PST #

It was a pleasure working with you for the past 10 years. Your contributions towards Glassfish are highly appreciated! Glassfish community will miss you, hopefully you can stay connected...

Best Wishes!

Posted by Anil Gaur on February 25, 2010 at 04:51 AM PST #

Good to hear that ,kedar..

You will be always a role model for me and I will be always happy by your acheivements...

Posted by Prashant Dhavale on February 26, 2010 at 01:31 PM PST #

Dear Kedar-san.

Really sorry to hear that you are moving on.
I would like to say you that thank you so much for your great help and advises.
It was very useful for our Japanese customer.

Best Regards.

Posted by Yoshio Terada on February 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM PST #

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