Happy Birthday to Me

The blog you are now reading began on 1 April 2005. And here's the slightly inauspicious first blog entry, together with the obligatory "Who Am I" thingy, which I've changed several times since then:


And this is today's blog entry, i.e., this one you are now reading:


I've learnt an unlikely amount of things via blogging. I've learnt, more than anything, that an organization that encourages blogging is a creative place to work. And, implicit in that, to me, is the notion that a blogger should be allowed to blog about anything they want, otherwise what's the point? Blogging is about expressing your feelings about something, where feelings are neither positive nor negative. "Congratulate when appropriate, complain when necessary," has been my unstated guideline. And being constrained to only blog on business-related topics is just so wrong, since a central point of business blogs is to show the people that make up the business.

Anyway, here's looking forward to lots of blog entries about vacations, pets, and funny things that happened on the way to work! And the things learned there, of course, that are all the more interesting for being shared between the random oddities that make up a life.


Happy birthday! :)

Posted by Maciej Mirski on March 31, 2010 at 09:26 PM PDT #

Happy birth day Gj,
I'm still remember the time We've met here in Alex, Egypt discussing My Graduation Project!

Me too have gained massive experience via blogging and reading others blog posts.
I enjoyed your posts over the time, and I'm daily check my Feeds to read your next post.

Have nice Day it is your day, and Happy Blogging over the time

Posted by Ahmed Gaber on March 31, 2010 at 09:39 PM PDT #

congrats! and yes, blogging let you think twice about a topic - and to me you are still the Gosling of Netbeans :)

Posted by mcahornsirup on April 01, 2010 at 12:36 AM PDT #

Happy blogging anniversary, Geertjan!

Your blog is typically the first Web page I visit each day. The fact that your blog typically ranks in the top three most widely-read blogs at Sun/Oracle proves there are a lot of people interested in both what you're writing about and the way that you write about it.

While I have learned some technical details about the platform along the way, I think the greatest value it's provided to me is to illustrate just how large and diverse the NetBeans Platform developer community is. When I first started reading your blog back in 2005, I felt like I was one of the only people developing serious business applications on the NetBeans Platform. Since then, your blog (and the platform screenshots page) has covered so many organizations doing some very interesting and innovative things with it. I eagerly await your 10th blogging anniversary!

Posted by Tom Wheeler on April 01, 2010 at 02:23 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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