This post is not about technology so here is your chance to let this pass by and do something else. You’ve been warned :)
Around this time of the year I started my journey at Adobe, nine years ago. And what a journey it has been so far! I started as an engineer on a team that was mainly building web products using HTML/JS/CSS/PHP/ColdFusion/MySQL. Two years later I joined the Flash Builder team and worked with Java and Eclipse platform on this crazy Eclipse-based IDE. Finally, about five years ago I was given the opportunity to join the Adobe Platform Evangelism team as a developer evangelist – and this was (and still is) the dream job I’ve been dreaming about :).
Just to give you some context. I was born in a communist country “enjoying” one of the harshest dictatorships from the past 40 years in the civilised world. Things like freedom of speech and traveling abroad were just some distant theoretical concepts. Even computers were really hard to find during that time. I remember that it took my parents about 3 years to get me a HC-90 clone. Until I got my first computer, I used a piece of paper and a pen to write programs. That was a dark time; fortunately it cost me only my first 13 years. Looking at my life now I feel like I live in a dream. A good and warm dream, not a nightmare with some Kafka twists in it.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if some people didn’t believe in me. I want to say thank you to Ducu, Ben Forta, Enrique Duvos, Kevin Hoyt, and Andrew Shorten. Your advice was (and is) deeply appreciated.
This is just the tip of the iceberg because there are many others that helped me to better understand the developer ecosystem: people I met at conferences and customer visits, people from all over the world. And with some I became friends. This is why I feel at home in places like Zagreb, Zurich, Oslo, Lisbon and Porto, Copenhagen, or Milan.
And finally I want to say thank you to my wife. Only she knows what it takes to take care of two little children while her husband is flying somewhere over and over again. Thanks honey and I am looking forward to another amazing 9 years!