Eric D. Schabell: 2009 in review

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in review

It is that time of year, when Christmas has passed (did you get the things you wished for?) and the New Year is upon us. A time for reflection and appreciating the things we have achieved.

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:
All of this got the attention of Red Hat and I decided to join the team in May as a JBoss Solution Architect Benelux. It has been amazing to work inside the JBoss house, seeing the latest and greatest software rolling off the development blocks.

I was able to make some rather small contributions to some open source projects, with some translations for, 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:
 The only sad item I have to mention was the trading in of my beloved 1987 Austin Mini, the end of an era for me with regards to Mini's.

Being healthy and happy, I wish you and yours all the best in 2010!