Tonight I will be speaking at the Portland Java User’s Group in downtown Portland:
Patrick will present his work on a new open source initiative named Able. Able is a combination of a library and quickstart template that aims to tightly integrate several modern Java frameworks: Hibernate (persistence), Stripes (web framework), Guice (core container), and DWR (AJAX). By taking advantage of libraries that embrace annotations and generics, Able simplifies Java web development and provides integration at several levels, including validation, transaction handling, and object lifecycle management.
If you want to do some reading in advance, here are some relevant links:
Now that I’m leaving my job and looking at my next steps, I’ve been spending some time researching various volunteer organizations that would take me out to third-world/impoverished nations to do volunteer work. So far the two most promising are Doctors Without Borders and Peace Corps.
The problem is that neither offers exactly what I’m looking for:
- Doctors Without Borders provides the 6-12 month window I’d really like to do, but it forbids married couples from going on a mission together. This is a deal breaker for my wife and me.
- Peace Corps supports sending married couples on missions together, but the 27 month commitment is a bit longer than I’d like to do.
So are there any other options out there? Ideally I’d like to focus on teaching math/science/technology, though I can probably figure out how to dig a well, build a school, or do whatever is needed. Similarly, my wife is an accountant, but we recognize that we’d be willing to help however we can. However, if there are any teaching organizations that allow married couples to stay together, are ~1 year in length, and focus on a teaching/learning program, I’d love to hear more about it.
I’m leaving Gomez, my current employer, as of next Friday, July 25th. It’s been a great ride. Over the last ~2 years, with Gomez, and an additional year as the founder of Autoriginate/HostedQA, I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to work on really amazing products in the QA/testing/SaaS space.
But it’s also been tough, especially the frequent flights between Portland, OR and Boston, MA, and I’m looking to either pursue an MBA graduate program and/or move back to the San Francisco bay area, where I’m originally from. I’m on the waitlist at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business full-time MBA program, and if that doesn’t pane out I’ll be re-applying to several bay area schools next year while also looking for new opportunities in the bay.
I don’t have anything specific lined up. My plan right now is to spend the rest of the year carefully weighing my next steps. I’m looking at a lot of different options: grad school, another startup, joining a bay area company (ideally a startup focussing on consumer/social media), or possibly even doing something “out there” like joining the PeaceCorps or some other field work in an impoverished country. In the more immediate term, I’d likely be working on mioNews in between planning my next steps.
With that in mind, I’m open to hearing from my friends and readers about what I should do next. Find a job in Portland, OR or the bay area? Perhaps someone has participated in the PeaceCorps and has advise? Or perhaps someone is out there looking for help in software development and/or product management leadership at their startup? Let me know – the idea of so many options excites me!