Wow. It’s been over seven years since I last wrote a post like this one. I have resigned from Wotif (almost three weeks ago now) and am taking up the carefree life of the independent contractor. Should be a blast. In between, I’m enjoying some downtime and recharging.
I’ve spent most of the last year involved in an intensive project that really drained me – hence the lack of blogging. I want to blog in a positive fashion this year, so I’ll start by getting a lot of gripes off my chest. :) Call it things that suck.
Here’s a short list, before I define what I mean by “suck”:
- EJB3 Persistence
- Hibernate, caches, and the way they can kill your database.
- Maven2 (it just sucks a lot!)
- No Java 6 on the Mac
- No “next/previous word” keyboard navigation in the Mac terminal
- Mac Firefox, drop-down boxes, and tabbing
and I’m sure that there’s more that will come to me. Today, I’m doing Maven – the rest will come later.
9 months of intense development later, our first big integration project with Tourico Holidays, went live today, with an additional 1000-odd hotels appearing on our site (with more to come). A good example is Texas where we had only a few hotels outside of the major cities and we now have about 90 (plus more inside the major cities, of course).
Mike Cannon-Brookes asks Is Atlassian still a startup? And when is a startup not a startup anymore? Well, Mike, the answer’s simple. If it still feels like a startup, it’s a startup.
Starting last October, we went through a process of upgrading the main application at Wotif to be running under Java EE 5 (not just Java SE 5). The biggest part of this was upgrading from EJB 2 to EJB 3.
One of the things I noticed was that EJB3 gives you a lot of choices for how to implement and configure EJBs and their associated interfaces. There’s a lot of “standards” on how to do it, many of them conflicting, but very little explanation of why. This is the set of standards I came up with (and was largely successful in getting implemented), and why I chose them.
Well, it took long enough, but it’s finally done:
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Phew. Now maybe I can get those backlogged EJB3-based articles out.
Ahhh… that’s the first production release of my latest project at work out the door today. I can’t talk too much about specifics, but it’s not a big secret that Wotif is enabling various B2B aspects of our web site, mainly with the registered hotels. Today saw the first big step in that direction. :) And it feels great to see a new project go out and get used.
Well, that makes it official: Wotif is the third company I’ve worked in that’s decided to go public. Hope it goes better than the last two… the first misread the market badly and went into a several year downturn, while the other managed to burn through nearly all their VC finance, nearly went bankrupt, and got bought out by one of their venture partners.