As I look back I tried to come up with a picture to put in this post that would reflect the leading theme in my year. It should come as no surprise, if you have been following my blog at all, that JBoss jBPM logo is the image that has guided my year!
I started 2009 still working at the SNS Bank, leading and implementing jBPM projects to put financial products on-line for her customers. I published many of these experiences and tried to lift the lid as much as one can from inside of a financial institution, even managing to post some code to this blog. Here is a bit of a review:
- work on a state-proxy completed, a par repository, a custom jBPM exception framework and JBoss serialization
- published several articles on Computable.nl: Out of work IT'ers, Open Source cost money, Dare to save with SmartIT, Companies have Open Source in their own hands and IBM integration of SUN
- previewed some of the jBPM 4.x releases: 4.0 beta 1, 4.0 beta 2 and 4.1
- have been asked to review the newly released jBPM Developer Guide
- published in 2009 BPM & Workflow Handbook and received a Silver award for BPM excellence
- attended conferences: JFall, Open Source Conference Amsterdam, Devoxx, Soa Symposium, CAiSE/PRET, Dutch JBoss Event, jBPM Community Day and attempted (who was I kidding?) to speak at Java One
- taught two courses in Rome: BRMS and jBPM
- attended a JBoss BRMS workshop in Atlanta, GA
I was able to make some rather small contributions to some open source projects, with some translations for meebo.com, a small fix in jBPM 4.2 (can you find it?) which made the jBPM 4.3 release just before the end of 2009 and another patch is still waiting for evaluation in the jBPM 4.4 release.
On the cycling front, I picked up a new road bike, at the end of the year a winter mountain bike and made some great rides this year in several countries:
- new bike
- Veluwe ride
- Limburg rides; climbing and in the hills
- Uden ride
- Oude Holleweg and Van Randwijckweg in Beek
- Belgium Ardennes
Being healthy and happy, I wish you and yours all the best in 2010!