By Jeffrey Rubinoff on Jan 27, 2008
Well, hello, everyone! My name is Jeff Rubinoff and this is the end of my first month at Sun. I'm a technical writer on the NetBeans team, covering web services functionality.
I got my start in technical writing in 2002, working for Systinet. That's a name some of you will recognize. I was in charge of the WASP Server for Java doc set (later Systinet Server for Java), all 700+ pages of it, in DocBook source. When I started, I had never heard of XML in my life, and Java was an island in Indonesia, famous for its coffee. Later, as Mercury Interactive acquired Systinet and then Hewlett-Packard acquired Mercury, I moved over to the new SOA Systinet product. But after 5 years I was ready for a change, and when a position opened up on the NetBeans team, I decided to take it.
I knew a little about NetBeans from back when Systinet Developer supported it, although I had more experience with Eclipse. NetBeans has certainly improved leaps and bounds from those days, as has web service technology in general. When I joined Sun, I hadn't looked at web service creation since 2004, and I was immediately impressed with the convenience of J2EE 5 annotations in JAX-WS. In my day, when we wanted to deploy a web service, we had to create a deployment descriptor, and edit it by hand, and carry it uphill through the snow for 5 miles, without boots!
Since I am so new to the job, you can help me help you. What is missing from our tutorials or product Help that you would like to see? Is there anything about our page designs that you think could be improved? Send me a comment!
Also, have a look at my blogroll. It includes a bunch of NetBeans tech writing and web services veterans. It also has one or two people who have nothing to do with web services, but might interest you anyway...