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  • February 15, 2012

NetBeans Team Wants More Ralphs!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Last May, Ralph Benjamin Ruijs joined the NetBeans Team. He moved with his girlfriend from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, to Prague, in the Czech Republic, and now works on the Java Editor team.

Since Oracle is looking for more software engineers just like Ralph to work on the NetBeans Team, let's disturb Ralph in the middle of his homework exercises for his weekly Czech lesson (which you get for free when you join the NetBeans Team) and find out what's lying in wait for you when you move your life to Prague to work on the NetBeans Team.

Hi Ralph, so what's life like in Prague?

Prague is great. It is a really beautiful city. Living in a nice apartment in the center of Prague gave us the opportunity to see the city and its surroundings. Meeting new friends and learning about a different culture has been a great experience. Friends who visit us from the Netherlands always directly book a second trip, because they loved their stay here in Prague and would like to see more!

And you're working in the heart of NetBeans IDE, in the Java Editor team. What kind of work are you doing there and what's that like?

Within the Java Editor team, I'm working on the refactoring support. When I started in the NetBeans Team, I implemented some new refactorings (and in my opinion, these are basic ones needed in every IDE), dealing with "Move Method/Field" and "Inline", such as the Inlining refactoring for constants:

I am now working on improving the underlying engine.

Within the team I have a lot of freedom in my work and get to work with some of the best software engineers in the world.

Moving to a whole new country is quite an undertaking. Is there some advice or tips and tricks you'd like to share?

Moving to Prague was easier than I thought it would be. There's not much advice I can give. Just make sure to visit the house or apartment you want to move to and walk through the neighborhood at least once during the day and once at night.

Oh yeah, don't forget to apply for an "OpenCard" once you have moved to Prague. You will need this for public transport and, depending on the time of the year, it can take some time for the card to arrive.

If someone out there is thinking about applying, but isn't completely sure, what would you say to them?

Follow your heart. Don't be afraid of moving to a different country. In the case of Prague, it will definitely be a great experience!

That's all very informative, thank you! And here's where anyone reading this can go to end up working down the corridor from Ralph.

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