So, what next? Starting on Monday I’ll be ‘Community Champion’ at StreamSets, a San Francisco-based startup focused on open source big data ingest. I’ll be blogging at their Continuous Ingest Blog, speaking at conferences (including GlueCon, coming up in May), tweeting, and learning all about this ‘big data’ thing I keep hearing about.
Thank you, Salesforce, for my #dreamjob, and all the fun times over the years. It’s been a blast!
The getting started guide featured a sample Java web app that acted as an OAuth 2.0 client, redirecting the user to login at Salesforce.com and obtaining an access token with which to interact with the Force.com REST API. Cool stuff, but there were a couple of questions on the webinar asking how to do the same thing from other languages. It took just a few hours to rework the sample web app, first in Ruby, then in PHP. I’ve also noticed a .NET implementation, by Dan Boris – cool stuff!
I’m commuting up the peninsula about three days a week on Caltrain, which is working out pretty well – there’s a station less than three miles from my house, and I can change to the Baby Bullet in San Jose, with the ride to San Francisco taking about an hour. I actually enjoy the time on the train – I just get my laptop and 3G card out and tap away – in fact, I’m on the train right now, somewhere near Palo Alto. 🙂
So – two weeks in, I’ve published three pieces on *force.com, seen some very cool ISV demos at the second AppQuest judging round, and I’m off to Internet Identity Workshop XI tomorrow. If this sounds like your idea of fun, take a look at the Salesforce.com careers page. Lots of opportunities there, and, if you see something you like, don’t forget to tell them that sent you!
After just over a year at Huawei, it’s time to move on… Later today I’ll be handing back my Huawei laptop and badge; on Monday I’ll be attending orientation at Salesforce.com, where I’ll be joining the developer evangelism team.
It’s been an interesting and productive year at Huawei – if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been doing some pretty low level stuff – Linux kernel drivers and server daemons, and I’ve learned lots about zero-copy technology and semaphores. All fascinating stuff, working with greatpeople and visiting some cool places, but, still, I missed the interaction with a developer community that I enjoyed as Sun’s ‘OpenSSO Community Guy’.
It’s the end of my second week at Huawei, and things are looking good. I’ve done a LOT of reading, getting up to speed on the non-identity parts of cloud computing, and we’ve spent some quality time around the whiteboard. I’ve also booked my first trip to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, which will be my first visit to mainland China (I went to a Liberty Alliance plenary meeting in Hong Kong a few years back).
Talking of hiring, we’re still recruiting for the ‘virtual data center’ team – see Geoff’s blog entry – so, if you’re into large scale identity/security, storage, or systems and network management, drop me an email at with your resume, the sooner the better!
I started work this morning at Huawei‘s Santa Clara office, specifically in the ‘Virtual Data Center’ team with Geoff Arnold. So far, the best description of what I’ll be doing is in Geoff’s blog entry – Building a Team.
They say that all good things come to an end; today, that’s true for both Superpatterns at blogs.sun.com and my nearly ten year tenure at Sun. It’s certainly been a wild ride, and I’ve enjoyed (amost!) every minute of it! My blog will move to blog.superpat.com (If you’ve been using the FeedBurner feed, there’s no need to make any changes) at some point in the next day or so, and I’ll be starting a new job on Monday.
I’m not really Pat. My legal name is Andrew Patterson. There were four Andrews in my class at school, so we all got nicknames. Mine was Pat, short for Patterson. The others were Fingers, Rico and Chads.
My original university application (UCCA, for those of you who were in the UK education system at the time) was for medicine. That didn’t work out – medicine’s gain was computing’s loss. Or something.
I just got selected for Sun’s SEED mentoring program. I struck the jackpot in that my mentor is a (very well known) Sun Fellow, but I can’t go into any more detail there right now. With my mentor’s permission, I’ll blog about this as it goes along.
My guilty pleasure is Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate. My mother-in-law brings kilograms of CDM when she visits from the UK and it has a special drawer in our fridge. There’s nothing like a couple of squares straight from the fridge with a nice cup of tea 🙂
I realized that the About page here is broken (probably in some upgrade of Roller), so here is some current information about me, your humble author. I’ve written it as an entry in the ‘About Me’ category so I can post updates, you can comment, whatever.