Seven @ Sun
By Nirmay26-Oracle on Sep 03, 2008
I complete seven years at Sun today. This has been a fantastic journey so far and am looking forward to more in coming years.
Looking back upon the last year, one significant thing that I feel very satisfied about is the list of open source projects/initiatives that I contributed to. Although the list of projects is not very long, it is definitely longer than the previous year. I spent most of my time working on PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris. This includes playing with the African elephant (see the pic), integrating Pg Perl drivers into OpenSolaris, tuning/optimizing Pg on Solaris and presenting at conferences and customer events. I also got a chance to work with MySQL on Solaris to a limited extent and I see more of that coming this year. Apart from databases, I got involved in the effort to port some FOSS to OpenSolaris and that will be completed very soon.
The other thing that I enjoyed the most last year is being at developer conferences. Meeting with developers/corporates at Sun tech days in china and India is totally different from being at FOSS.IN, Bangalore; and the experience of PGCon, Canada was beyond any of them. Attending such conferences has widened my exposure immensely and my feel for the way sun's technologies are perceived has improved with such interactions.
Apart from conferences, I got a chance to get involved with students and teachers community in India through Code For Freedom contest and the Sun Guru initiative. I felt a very strong need to drive students to Open source projects after my visit to IIT Kanpur 2 years back (see my blog) and today it makes me feel good that many universities and even other corporates are taking that seriously. I believe Sun is doing a great job here and feel great about my involvement in it.
..and there is always fun @ Sun.
Hmm, another highlight of last year is that I won the first prize in acting in both the local (marathi) play competitions that I participated for my group yuva.
Coming year, I think I need to blog more than what I have been doing so far. So, Lets see how it goes!