By glagasse on May 31, 2005
Allow myself to introduce... myself.. I've been at Sun for 6 years now (in fact today is my 6 year anniversary).
I came to Sun (in reverse chronological order) by way of Progress Software, FTP Software, and finally Tranti Systems. I was hired into Sun by Doug Chmura to work in the Networking Technical Support Group. Providing technical support to customers on a variety of issues. Pretty much all of the core networking functionality in Solaris (tcp/ip, sendmail, dns, nis, nis+, etc.). That was a fun group to work in. And boy, let me tell you, I learned more about Unix administration and troubleshooting in my first 6 months on the job than I had my entire career at the time. Which of course I loved for various reasons. Mostly because I love to learn new things (I think you have to if your going to be successful in high tech). The work was really stressful, you've never quite had a phone call as one from a harried system administrator who is screaming at you because his mission critical server isn't doing it's job.
Having worked in the Technical Support field for more years than I cared to remember, I decided it was time for a change (more to the point I decided I was tired of picking up a telephone every 5 minutes) and moved over into Software Test Development in the SNT (Solaris Networking Technologies) group. Though it's not called SNT anymore, I still work with the same guys on the same things. Essentially, instead of supporting the core networking functionality in Solaris, I helped write automated (and some not so automated) tests and test suites for said functionality (and new technology as it was integrated).
And now comes a new chapter to my professional career. Instead of writing tests for features and functionality in Solaris, I'll be developing those features and functionality. I'll be helping the Install area of Solaris (fixing bugs for starters).
It should be a fun ride.