Geertjan's Blog

  • June 26, 2014

10 Years @ NetBeans

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

A few days ago I received a message congratulating me for my employment anniversary of 10 years of service to Oracle. Together with a picture of the commemorative award:

It's great that my pre-Oracle years were included, i.e., I have only worked for Oracle for 4 years, since the Oracle/Sun takeover. I also like the thought that even when I wasn't working for Oracle, I was somehow still working for Oracle, in anticipation of the time when my secret work for Oracle would be rewarded with an actual contract and, some years later, a pen.

However, one constant in the past 10 years has been... NetBeans. That's what I've been working on for 10 long and varied years. What's kept it interesting is a combination of the awesome NetBeans APIs and the great worldwide NetBeans community, from Anton to Zoran. I think Java is a fantastic platform and programming language and I've done everything I can to support and promote it, as well as more recently its integration with the HTML5 platform, via the tooling that NetBeans provides. Because without tools and, indeed, being able to choose between competing tools, a language or a platform is just a big incoherent stack of specifications and other documents. It's been a fun time, here's to the next 10 years.

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Comments ( 16 )
  • Ernest Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Congrats Geertjan, great to see that you are being rewarded for your great contributions to the NetBeans community which have helped many (myself included) to get excited about the NetBeans Platform and use it on a daily basis.

    Here's to the next 10 years!

  • Sean Phillips Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Geertjan checking your blog has been a part of my morning routine for over 3 years! Thank you so much for your dedication.

    Also that looks like a really nice pen. You should write your autobiography with it!

  • guest Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Thanks a lot for your work, Netbeans in Colombia is one of the top IDE's used to develop in JAVA. Thanks for your job it helps us to understand in a more easy way how to use the new technologies develop for JAVA.

    Thanks, thanks, and which you many more!!!:)

  • Vignesh Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Congrats Geertjan. 10 full years in Netbeans !!!!

    Neither you nor Netbeans is showing any signs of stopping.

    Keep it up.

  • Steven Yi Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Congratulations! Your work and contributions to the community has been exceptional and very much appreciated. Thanks for everything!

  • guest Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Congratulations Geertjan! Your contributions have been, and continue to be, invaluable.

  • Leonardo Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Congratulations from Costa Rica!, I learn a lot reading your post, I just want to say, thanks.

  • Geertjan Friday, June 27, 2014

    Thanks all for the very nice comments! This is why I intend to still be here 10 years from now. :-)

  • Sergio Bello Friday, June 27, 2014

    Well, I've been a NetBeans enthusiast since v5 (jan 2006), so I follow your help and advice since then. Nowhere else I found a more passionate product manager, and your dedication was one of the reasons I adopted NB as an IDE and as a platform in my enterprise and made pressure for the adoption of NB in at least other two software houses: people like you is the most important thing can happen for a product to be successful!

    Congratulation, Geertjan!

  • Jean-Marc Friday, June 27, 2014

    Congratulatiosn! Reading your blog daily. Keep it up.

  • Apsolut Friday, June 27, 2014

    Congrats!! Was working with NB 5 or 6 version and stoped, but after your youtube video I did it again, and till now im happy!!

  • Vadiraj Friday, June 27, 2014

    Congratulations Geertjan! It was a pleasure working with you @Sun.

  • guest Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Congratulations Geertjan, not only for the ten years but also for the outstanding work!!

    “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    For sure, like in all jobs, there must have been hard moments but for sure they did not affect your enthusiasm.

  • Stanyslas Matayo Monday, June 30, 2014

    Congratulation Geertjan,

    Most of the things I learn with Netbeans Platform, It's with your blog and your book about Netbeans Platform. It's too far one of the best book I read about Java Programming in general and about Swing in particular.

    I wish we'll have more article about pure development and more book about Netbeans Platform.

    You are really dedicated and this help a lot of developer around the world!

    Keep it up!

  • Emilian Bold Monday, June 30, 2014


    > I also like the thought that even when I wasn't working for Oracle, I was somehow still working for Oracle, in anticipation of the time when my secret work for Oracle would be rewarded with an actual contract and, some years later, a pen.


  • Joris Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Congratulations Geertjan! Gefeliciteerd met deze mijlpaal!

    And thanks for keeping the best blog on the NetBeans Platform online and relevant for all these years. Please don't stop anytime soon, it is part of my daily news feed. I learn new stuff every week!

    All the best,


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