NetBeans Is Moving!
By Roman Strobl on VII 27, 2007
NetBeans engineering group at Sun is moving! Until today NetBeans engineers have been located in Dejvice, a residential area of Prague close to the airport. We were lucky to work in a very nice area with lots of trees and many pubs. However due to fast growth of Sun in Prague there was no longer enough space for everyone - Sun has more development teams in Prague - the biggest one is NetBeans, but there are also engineering teams involved in Solaris, Wireless Toolkit (WTK), Globalization, Java Enterprise System (JES) and Webservices Interoperability (WSIT formerly known as TANGO).
Most engineering teams have already moved to the new site, so we were one of the last to move. We have packed our boxes and our stuff will be transported over weekend. Hopefully we'll find everything again on Monday and our badges will work :)
How does the new site look like? According to the project website, The Park is the most ambitious business park development to date in Central Europe. It is a seat of IBM, GE, Sony, DHL and other large corporations. So everyone is wondering - will this move be a step forwards or backwards? The site looks indeed very modern, however the location is not so nice, judge yourself:
The office is right next to the main Czech highway (D1) in the southern part of Prague. It is right on the metro (underground) and well accessible using car, although much further from the airport now. It is great that there's a fitness center available, a large shopping mall and other benefits - but won't we miss the trees and relative quietness of the old office? And what about the pubs - will we also find some nice ones in this area?
Taken before the Sun logo was added...
I am personally glad that we are moving because I recently bought a flat close to the new office at Slunečný Vršek ("Sunny Hill") which is located in walking distance from the office or in 5 minutes by bike/car. At any case I'm going to miss Dejvice and it's nice environment!