Maybe Ralph was special in finding Prague and NetBeans to be a great place to work? For those considering joining the NetBeans Team too, let's get a second opinion from Theofanis.
Hi Theofanis, so what's life like in Prague?
Before moving here, we asked our friends about their impressions while traveling to Prague. Everyone was excited about pretty much everything concerning the city. After six months here we still share their feelings. Every day we discover something new about our new hometown. Prague is beyond beautiful. People are great and always trying to help. Renting a flat close to the city center gave us the chance to live in a relatively relaxed and calm neighborhood, while having all the famous attractions on our door step.
And what's it like to be one of the engineers on the NetBeans Team?
When I started in the NetBeans Team, I was working on the Java Editor team but moved to the Core team after a couple of months. The shift was seamless. Everybody is so helpful. My managers are giving me enough space to move and evolve through my work, while my colleagues are among the best software engineers in the world.
Right now, I'm working on the Options window and on testing support. One of my first tasks was to reorganize the Options window in the IDE. In NetBeans IDE 7.2, you'll find that I've put all Java related options into a newly created Java category:
And now I'm working on improving the testing infrastructure.
What's your experience been in moving to Prague? And do you have advice for others considering the same thing?
Just do it! Do not let the process of moving to a different country scare you. You will get to work for one of the best IT companies and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sounds to me like a win/win situation!
Great to hear, Theofanis! And to everyone out there, the NetBeans Team is hiring, so you could be having a drink with Theofanis, Ralph, and the rest of the NetBeans Team, and sooner than you might think, by applying to be a NetBeans software engineer here.