My new role at Sun and a new group blog

NetBeans has come a long way - it's been quite a ride for me as a NetBeans evangelist. When I joined Sun in 2004 I remember NetBeans having a community with estimated size of approx. 50.000 connected users. Now in mid of 2008 we're at over 500.000 (see the map of NetBeans users - this includes only those who are connected and are not behind restrictive firewalls). If you do the math, this is about 10x growth in less than 4 years - NetBeans became one of the best development environments worldwide for all kinds of programming languages. It's been great to be a part of the success - I have to admit I became quite emotionally connected to NetBeans and had a wonderful time with NetBeans community. Due to all this, it is quite difficult for me to announce that...

I am moving on to the next challenge. My new role at Sun is the role of an OpenSolaris evangelist. I am moving together with my colleagues Brian Leonard, Gregg Sporar and my manager Judith Lilienfeld. I will keep this blog and write from time to time about NetBeans (which has just become my hobby :) - at any case if you want to follow what me and my team are up to, you can subscribe to our new group blog "The Observatory" which is all about OpenSolaris for end users and developers.

P.S. Thanks to all the great people in NetBeans community both outside of Sun and at Sun for all the fun I had with NetBeans - keep rocking!


Welcome. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on červen 24, 2008 at 02:19 odp. CEST #

This is too bad Roumen as we never got to see eachother: I was actually looking forward of watching in person one of your famous NetBeans presentations, maybe even in Romania.

Anyhow, I know you'll do a great job on the OpenSolaris side, where we might meet again.

Posted by Emilian Bold on červen 24, 2008 at 03:17 odp. CEST #

I hope that OpenSolaris brings you to Mexico.

Posted by Roman Rubio on červen 24, 2008 at 03:23 odp. CEST #

Could you also pay some attention to the integration of OpenSolaris/ (i.e., providing an environment for automation in OpenSolaris). Thanks.

Posted by on červen 24, 2008 at 04:07 odp. CEST #

Yes, making OpenSolaris a great platform for developers will be also something we want to push - and is part of the current focus already.

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 24, 2008 at 04:21 odp. CEST #

Good luck with OpenSolaris Roman. I am sure that you will have the same success there as well :)

Posted by on červen 24, 2008 at 06:21 odp. CEST #

Thanks for your support!

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 25, 2008 at 03:24 dop. CEST #

Hi Roumen, thx a lot for your really great work! Your presentations and screencasts were one of the things that lead me to Java and NetBeans. I hope you will do the same screencasts for OpenSolaris. It's great platform, but it really needs to be "evangelized" not only for developers but for real users too :o) Thank you again!

Posted by Martin Skála on červen 25, 2008 at 03:50 dop. CEST #

Roumen, it's something like to get on to of the Mount Everest without an oxygen tank on your back ;-). You are crazy enough to attempt it. So good lock dear friend!

p.s. i hope you will stay in a touch with CZJUG, it's also your child.

Posted by Dagi on červen 25, 2008 at 06:19 dop. CEST #

BTW you should change your blog motto to "On a quest to make OpenSoalris rock the world" :-D

Posted by Dagi on červen 25, 2008 at 06:21 dop. CEST #

I am very much disappointed to know that you are leaving NetBeans. We will certainly miss you. Your videos and sessions on NetBeans and your blog on NetBeans have been very good.

I know you look for new challenge. All the best for you.

Thanks for all that you have done for NetBeans community.


Posted by Srikanth on červen 25, 2008 at 10:26 dop. CEST #

I wish you the best of luck, Roman!

Posted by Tom Wheeler on červen 25, 2008 at 11:26 dop. CEST #

Thanks guys! Dagi - sure I will stay in touch with CZJUG :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 25, 2008 at 11:44 dop. CEST #

Really sad to hear you leave, it was a real pleasure reading your blog and meeting you at NetBeans Days. So hope to see and meet you somewhere around. Anyone taking over for you?

Posted by Sven Reimers on červen 25, 2008 at 02:50 odp. CEST #

Yes Sven, my colleagues from Sun corporate evangelism team will focus more on NetBeans and also some of our senior NetBeans engineers will travel a bit more.

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 25, 2008 at 02:56 odp. CEST #

Good luck dude!!!

Posted by Paris Apostolopoulos on červen 26, 2008 at 02:30 dop. CEST #

Hi Roman, Thanks a lot for your efforts in Sun Microsystems and Netbeans team. You did a big number of presentation in conferences and events, very interesting demos online. You have a lot of fans in Egyptian JUG community.

Best of luck in your new role. I am sure that OpenSolaris will move ahead with your efforts and power.

Posted by Ahmed Hashim on červen 26, 2008 at 04:46 dop. CEST #

Thanks Paris and Ahmed! :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 26, 2008 at 04:51 dop. CEST #


Roman, I was shocked when I came across your last podcast, that you won't do any more NB podcasting! Since I joined the community, I could just follow your last 5 podcasts and it was real fun, enjoyable episodes!

I think Sun is sending you to that community, to make it as popular as NetBeans, or even better than that! Hope to see OpenSolaris Podcasting soon ;-)

Wish you and your team, good luck!

Posted by Varun on červen 26, 2008 at 07:27 dop. CEST #

Hi Varun, we (me, Gregg and Brian) are planning to start a new OpenSolaris podcast... but at first we need to learn a bit :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on červen 26, 2008 at 07:32 dop. CEST #

Although I'm not a frequent NetBeans user, whenever I needed to check for news about NetBeans, your blog was my prime source. I felt dismayed when I learned you were reassigned. Congratulations, you made a great job and left behind you a void that will be difficult to be covered. I'm sure you're going to do great with the OpenSolaris team.

Posted by Javier Castañón on červenec 02, 2008 at 08:42 dop. CEST #

Javier, thanks... but I wasn't reassigned - I chose to move to OpenSolaris evangelism together with the other members of my team, it's healthy to change one's job from time to time :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on červenec 02, 2008 at 08:46 dop. CEST #

All the best for your new role as an OpenSolaris evangelist. I am really looking forward to you hitting new strides on the OpenSolaris side and do as good as you did in Netbeans!

Posted by Angad Singh on červenec 03, 2008 at 09:10 dop. CEST #

Good luck working on OpenSolaris.

Posted by Ian Skerrett on červenec 10, 2008 at 09:24 dop. CEST #

Thanks Ian.

Posted by Roman Strobl on červenec 10, 2008 at 09:56 dop. CEST #

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