My new role at Sun and a new group blog
By Roman Strobl on VI 24, 2008
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!