The Future

Well, that should be a portentous enough title.

I’m making a bit of a career switch. I’m leaving consulting, and in fact application development altogether, to take a job as a software engineer at Salesforce.com, on the Force.com Platform team. This is a pretty big change for me, since this job doesn’t involve ADF, and will involve “community work” in general to a much lesser extent than what I’m doing now.

I think the change is right for me–I’m really looking forward to software engineering, and to switching from working with a framework to working on one. But I’m really going to miss ADF and Fusion technology, and even more so, the community that surrounds it. I’m going to miss the Oracle Ace program, the JDeveloper forum, the ADF product management team, and the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group, in particular. I’ll also miss this blog (which is just about to hit its 50,000th page view in the next few weeks), its readers, and especially those who have taken the time to write comments.

I don’t actually change jobs until December 7th, so, in addition to helping Quovera and its clients prepare for the transition, I’m going to finish up a few public ADF projects that I’ve started:

  • I’m committed to shepherding the Framework for Database API-Based Business Components, which is about to release 0.2b, at least through the 1.0 release (scroll down to the bottom of the comments on that post if you’re having trouble getting the project page to open up).
  • I’d like, if possible, to find someone to take the project over post-1.0. If you’re familiar with the ADF BC and JDBC APIs, feel confident in your ability to write good Java code, and want to lead a public open-source software effort, please apply for a developer role fromthe project page, and then contact me to let me know you want a promotion when I leave.
  • I’ve still got some code snippets from the Oracle JDeveloper 11g Handbook: A Guide to Oracle Fusion Web Development to get up on SampleCode.
  • I’ve promised Packt Publishing a review of Getting Started with Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1: A Hands-On Tutorial, by Heidi Buelow et. al. I’ll post that on this blog, in addition to wherever else they want me to post it, some time this month. (Full disclosure: They gave me a free copy of the book for the purposes of reviewing it).
  • I’m going to attempt to stay reasonably active in the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group at least until the end of the month.

It’s also possible (who knows?) that I’ll become involved in ADF at some time again in the future. But until and unless that happens, thanks again to all of you.