Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes" and "I am still around!"

I couldn't really decide what would be the best title for this post. So I chose to use both ideas that I had in mind. Fortunately, as this title, there are several opportunities in which we can actually choose all the options that are presented to us. For example, three years ago, I've chosen to be both Brazilian and Canadian. More recently, I've also chosen to change a bit my professional life and do some product work while keeping my duties as an EMF committer.

After four years dedicating myself exclusively to EMF, I am now working on the Rational AppScan Developer Edition team (our beta is available here). A minor digression, the security-related technology behind this product is quite amazing. I really don't want to sound like a salesman, though. I know that it wouldn't go really well given my "amazing" commercial skills ;-)

The good news is that both Ed and my new manager (Jeff Turnham) have been extremely supportive in my decision of work both internally and on open source. Hopefully most of you agree with their attitude. I certainly do ;-)

To me it will be a bliss to employ the technology that I help build. Although the EMF team has always eaten its own dog food caviar ;-), it is quite different to face the problems that consumers of our code have to deal with. On the other hand, I am really expecting that the product experience will make me a better EMF developer. EMF has been part of my life for quite a while and it certainly deserves the best I can be.