Geertjan's Blog

  • April 1, 2009


Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Today I received the notification that I have now spent 5 years at Sun:

I've never been in one company for that amount of time before. The longest I worked anywhere was from about 1996 to 1999, my first 'proper job', which was also the first years of my being a technical writer. Before that I never knew such a job existed. If I thought about it at all, I assumed the super smart lead programmers in a company write a product's technical documentation, instead of a total newbie who a week before thought Java was an island somewhere near Indonesia. Ha, logic. :-)

It's definitely been an incredible experience and none of it would have been possible without the unique culture at Sun. It's been commented on many times, but I'll say it again (also based on having worked in 4 or 5 software-related technical writing jobs prior to working for Sun): Sun Microsystems provides the best working environment for programmers (and ancillary staff, e.g., technical writers). I couldn't ask for more freedom than I have here. I couldn't ask for a company that puts more faith in the wisdom of its employees than Sun. I've never worked somewhere before where I can wake up in the morning and think: "Hmmm. How can I best help my target audience today?"

In this case, "my target audience" is "NetBeans Platform users", which is a big plus since they're friendly, helpful, and working on really interesting projects—writing complex desktop applications for a wide variety of end users, from pharmacists in Tunisia to technicians in Poland and from collision repair shops in Australia to war fighters in the US!

At first, I assumed the e-mail above was some kind of spam. (Or an April Fool's joke.) Then it turned out not to be the case. This is the handy gift I chose to commemorate this special occasion:

Thanks Sun and thanks everyone (seriously too many to mention) who has helped me understand the NetBeans Platform to the point where, believe it or not, I'm even allowed to give trainings in it!

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Comments ( 13 )
  • Aljoscha Rittner Wednesday, April 1, 2009


    Nice to have you at Sun and the NetBeans Community :-)

    best regards, josh.

  • Dave Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    And this is why it would be a dream job to work at Sun :)

  • Rohan Ranade Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Congratulations Geertjan! 5 more for the next gift ;)

  • Varun Nischal Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Wow, you have been there for 5 years. That's amazing!! Hope to see you enjoy this for a long time at Sun.



  • Jacek Furmankiewicz Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Congrats! So...when are you getting promoted? :-)

  • Fabrizio Giudici Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Congrats! I hope to see you there for many years to come.

  • Ahmed Gaber Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    You know, I think (as NetBeans Platform User) that all those people experienced this GREAT Platform should give you a big ( THANK YOU ) for your great help you provide for them.

    I'll dream receiving such mail, and will not think it as SPAM :-)

    Congratulation GJ!

  • Tom Wheeler Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    I can't help but find it ironic that your gift for staying at one place 5 years is a suitcase :-)

    Congratulations -- I definitely look forward to the next five years!

  • Bartek Zdanowski Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Congratulations. You're very hardworking man :)

    Best regards!

  • Geertjan Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Thanks all for the very nice words!

  • Gregg Sporar Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Congratulations, G-man! Many thanks for all your hard work.

  • Hamada Zahera Friday, April 3, 2009

    Congratulations Geertjan ,you deserve much more appreciations

    thanks :))

  • David Koelle Friday, April 10, 2009

    Congratulations, Geertjan! It's great to read about your positive experiences at Sun!

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