Leaving Sun

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I have decided to quit Sun Microsystems. I spent amazing 5 years at Sun and I am very grateful for all I've learned with the company. Working on both NetBeans and OpenSolaris adoption was real fun so I leave with very mixed feelings.

I am going back to Java developer business and will be going to Java One with my new employer, so you will find me in the Java One pavilion area if you want to say hi. I wish my Sun colleagues good luck with their new adventures!

P.S. Thanks for all the beans.

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Comments ( 38 )
  • Patrick Wright Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Hey Roumen

    Your persistent, polite and enthusiastic promotion of NetBeans is one of the reasons I even started to consider it seriously again (after dropping it in the 4.5x timeframe). Class act! Best of luck wherever you end up next!



  • Geertjan Wielenga Sunday, May 17, 2009

    "Your persistent, polite and enthusiastic promotion of NetBeans is one of the reasons I even started to consider it seriously again (after dropping it in the 4.5x timeframe)."

    The above statement PROVES that bloggers DO have an impact on the adoption of NetBeans IDE! Bye Roumen! You're the only reason I started blogging at all, as you know. Stay in touch!!

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thanks Patrick! Geertjan - keep blogging and see you soon :)

  • Rick Ross Sunday, May 17, 2009

    I hope you enjoy great success in all your future endeavors, Roumen. You have been a potent advocate for Sun technologies, and your absence will be felt.


  • jake Sunday, May 17, 2009

    will you be blogging again? how will we find you?

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thanks Rick! Jake, yes, I will be blogging... I think I'll be quite visible in Java community again so you'll find out soon :)

  • Paris Apostolopoulos Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Hello Roumen!

    Strange times, times for change! Your contribution to the Netbeans Community and Netbeans adoption is something that Sun will always have to remember.

    You set the standard for what we call efficient evangelist - being helpful for the community and at the same time efficient for Sun.

    It was always a pleasure having you here in greece talking about Netbeans and I will always remember these times!

    It is really great that you will be around the Java world and we are looking forward to here your new...projects or assignments1

    The greek netbeans community and the java hellenic user group, wish to you...good luck.

    Greetings from Athens, Greece

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thanks Paris, looking forward to another Hellenic JUG conference... or see you at some other Java conferences :)

  • Radoslaw Holewa Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Hi Roman,

    it's good to hear that you will be back in the Java community.



  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    I am also looking forward to it. Although I learned so much during one year of my "low level" OS journey - it was also good :)

  • Rohan Ranade Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thanks for your fantastic blogs Roman! Sad to see you go, but all the best for your new endeavor. I think have a fair idea where you are going :P (Pun intended).

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Where did you get that idea? :)

  • Alex Tkachman Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Good luck, Roman!

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thanks, Alex.

  • Emilian Bold Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Hy Roumen,

    Good luck with your new job !

    You were "on fire" during the NetBeans days and I haven't followed your OpenSolaris work, but I'm convinced it was top-notch.

  • bubak Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Good luck

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Thank you again.

  • Fabrizio Giudici Sunday, May 17, 2009

    ;-( ;-( ;-(

    But I'm glad you're at J1 so we will meet :-) I hope you will still be based in Europe, will you?

  • Marcello Teodori Sunday, May 17, 2009

    best of luck for your new job, roman! hope to see you soon at a next java event!

  • slim ouertani Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Since I followed you blog, and especially demos, I have adopted Netbeans as my first java IDE ( JPa generation :) )

    Hope good luck for you. may be it's time to change and thanks for your effort.

  • James Selvakumar Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Hi Roumen,

    I was sold to netbeans by your fantastic screencasts and demos. Whenever there is a new netbeans release, I never forget to look out for Roumen's demos. We will miss you Roumen. We will miss the famous sentence "Hi, I'm Roumen Strobl from Sun Microsystems" in the future netbeans screencasts.

    Wish you the very best for all your future endeavors.

  • Roman Strobl Sunday, May 17, 2009

    New people will come with new screencasts... Fabrizio, yes, I will still be based in Prague.

  • Carl Dea Sunday, May 17, 2009


    Best of luck and thank you for inspiring and sharing your advice over the years. You've help the community in so many ways, especially me.



  • Robin Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Roman, I still remember meeting you at the Sun Tech Days in Hyderabad! Your sessions on NetBeans and your overall involvement with the community has been amazing. Your blogs and screencasts have been a great help and your presence here'll be terribly missed.

    Hope you carry on your involvement with NetBeans in some shape or form, nonetheless!

    Wishing you lots of success...

    @James: +1 on that, James. Had got used to the famous opening lines from Roman :)



  • Leonardo Sunday, May 17, 2009

    You show me Netbeans. Thank you!!!!

  • Sakuraba Monday, May 18, 2009

    If it wasnt for your awesome screencasts, I would probably not have considered Netbeans and Visual Library.

    Thanks for all of the great stuff and HF GL in the future.

  • Giorgio Monday, May 18, 2009

    I'd like to thank you for your passion, enthusiasm and competence in providing the community with first-class webcasts, podcasts and meetings on NetBeans. I personally appreciated them a lot. And, to be honest, the main reason why I decided to move to NetBeans was you: I knew that if I had a problem, I could count on you. Thanks Roman and... good luck!

  • Roman Strobl Monday, May 18, 2009

    Thanks for all your messages! I am glad I could help!

  • Porfírio Ribeiro Monday, May 18, 2009

    As many people here, i follow your blog long time!

    I have seen all your demos and always enjoied them

    They helped me to get in Netbeans and Java developement.

    I had noticed that latly you had blogged lees often that usual, i really hope that you keep arround java "world".

    Thank you for all you have done :)

  • Roman Monday, May 18, 2009

    Hi Porfirio, I was blogging less in last year because I was working on OpenSolaris, so I was blogging on a different blog at Sun. So I will become now more visible in the java world.

  • Jörg Plewe Monday, May 18, 2009

    Roumen, I'm \*very\* sorry to hear that. I always enjoyed your webcasts and working with you in the NetBeans context.

    All the best for you and I'm sure your new employer is very lucky.

  • Michael Hüttermann Monday, May 18, 2009

    Hi Roman,

    I wish you all the best at your new employer.



  • Neil Monday, May 18, 2009


    netbeans has not been the same since you left the project, I followed your blog daily and miss your shared expertise.

    Good luck for the future.....

  • Sven Reimers Monday, May 18, 2009

    Sad to see you leave - but all the best for your new job!

    cu @J1 and somewhere around here in Europe

  • Roman Strobl Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Thanks Neil... see you, Sven ;)

  • Panos Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    All the best Roman. We will have a proper chat in Devoxx this year :)

  • James Thursday, May 21, 2009

    Best of luck to you. It was a pleasure to work with you. Thanks for all you help with MySQL (and other things).

  • Roman Strobl Thursday, May 21, 2009

    Thanks for all the wishes, everyone.

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