Random thoughts

After 20 years...

TL;DR: I started as sysadmin, thought going back to development would be cool, landed job at dream company and now dream job at dream company! My IT career started as a computer lab support tech in uni at 17 because that gave me a scholarship so I could afford paying for it. This was in 1997. With the purse reduced by 80% in the following year a colleague at the lab invited me for an internship where I had to help work on their custom build sales/inventory/accounts payable and receivable written parts in VB3 and parts in VB4, manage the MS SQL server 6, migrated from MS Mail to MS Exchange 5, be responsible for all backups and learned how the Internet worked; DNS, NAT, routing and so on.

Keep the balance

I am part of a Java chat group on Telegram and I noticed several interesting conversations and trends that remind me of my younger self. TL;DR: Keep the balance between what you want and what you can do. Trends A lot of the developers want to learn what the market wants; Some developers are actually Spring developers; Some people are actually students where the assignment requires the usage of JSF, JPA or some other framework.

What's next?

Well… I don’t really know. The thing is, I’m a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I don’t know anything deep enough to blog about it in a technical, engaging way. I can talk about a lot of things and see how they can interconnect but that doesn’t make me an expert on it. Some people thing that broad knowledge translates to mastery of any of it. I’m too critical of myself, always thinking that, although I want to master a topic, I can’t really get there, usually due to being lazy as hell.

Hello there o/

This is a bit awkward but I hope it works out. Hello, My name is Ingo. I work for Red Hat’s middleware engineering department as a Java software engineer. I fix bugs for a living and I’m loving it since I started in 4.Apr.2016. Joining Red Hat was a life long dream, but more on that later. I just wanted to say hello. :-) I started as a support engineer in 2013, helping customers install and troubleshoot their JBoss EAP, JBoss Fuse and JBoss Web Server installations.