All good things must end….

On March 9, it would have been 10 years ago when IONA acquired Watershed, the small startup that I was working at. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been involved in many projects, done a lot of new things, met a lot of really great people, and most had a pretty good time. There were rocky patches, of course, but all in all, it’s been an exciting adventure.

As they say, all good things must end. As of today, Progress has let me know they no longer need me. Thus, I’m now unemployed. This is really the first time since I was 15 that I’m either not in school or don’t have a job. Very strange feeling.

What does this mean for me? I don’t really know at this point. My knee-jerk reaction this morning was to start pinging all my contacts to get another job ASAP. The “oh my god, I’m unemployed!” panic attack. Luckily, I’ve cooled down a bit since then. I need to take a little time and figure out what options are out there, what I really want to do, and what fits me (and my family) best. I don’t yet know what that will be. At this point, I’m hoping I can find something that allows me to stay involved in the open source projects I really believe in and stay involved with Apache. But like I said, I need a little time to calm down and gather some thoughts.

I was chatting with a good friend this morning and he stated that he believed being laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. Right now, I’m not sure I agree, but I’m definitely taking a “wait and see” approach.

To all of you in the Boston area, I’m suddenly free for lunch pretty much anytime. 🙂

19 thoughts on “All good things must end….

  1. Hey Dan, sorry to hear that. Progress’ loss will be someone else’s gain for sure. Hang tight.

  2. Sorry to hear you’re no longer with Progress. I’m sure from what you have said previously that you should not have a problem finding a new job. As always, let me know if I can be of any help.

  3. Dan,

    Very sorry to hear about this… I wish you the very best and appreciate the many times you have helped me out on knotty customer problems.

    You are an exceptional and gifted individual and have no doubt that your knowledge, body of work at Apache and your reputation precedes you.

    Onward & Upward my friend.

  4. Sorry to hear the news. It was a pleasure getting the chance to work with you however short the time may have been. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you around the CXF community.

  5. Sic transit gloria mundi and all that! Looking for a bit of time off myself. The exemplar of being involved with open source software is that you and what you have created will continue, regardless of who is paying your wages – that’s what will keep me in that milieu henceforth. Or as they use to say in HR – “going forward” 🙂

  6. I’m sorry to hear that, it’s my pleasure to work with you talent guys. I’m sure we can see you around the open source community, because we really love it.

  7. Dan,

    Sorry to hear that. CXF project can’t be this successful without you. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you still around the CXF community and still lead the CXF if possible. 😉


  8. Hi Dan,
    Sorry to hear about the news. It was a great shock yesterday here in Dublin as well. I am sure you will do well and get fresh start at many other things.

    I would like to say my personal thanks for the help you provided all these years and it’s been pleasure working with you on Celtix and CXF.

    Will keep in touch.


    Ulhas Bhole

  9. Dan,
    I was shocked when I heard the news.
    It has been a pleasure working with you. You are not only talented developer and project leader, but also a talented explainer. You often made very complex things clear enough for a writer to understand.
    I’m sure that what every it is you choose to do next will be a success.
    You’re friend who said this was the best thing that could have happened to you was right. It is not until you are free that you can see the opportunities around you. It may seem a little scary now, but give it time.

  10. Dan,
    My jaw hit the floor when I heard about this… good luck with your (probably quick) job hunt. Been an pleasure working with you!

  11. Hi Dan
    I can’t believe what happened. How should CXF survive without you.
    Thanks a lot for the collaboration.
    I hope we will still see you in the os community.

  12. Hi Dan,

    I was really shocked to hear Progress fired you. You are the corner stone of the CXF project. That makes me really wonder what they have in mind for CXF. I hope you soon find a better job but looking at your talents and reputation I guess this will be not a big problem. Of course I hope your new employer will also allow your work on CXF.

    On the other hand you can use the free time you have now and take some time off from the job. Your son Nathan is almost the same age as my daugther Lara. I had the chance to take 2 months off from job last fall and it was a really great time I would not want to miss.



  13. Sorry to hear the news. But I”m sure it won’t be long before you are back at it.


  14. Dan,

    To you we owe so much. It’s always been a huge pleasure to work with you; at Apache your strength and leadership has taken CXF from a small sapling incubator to a full strengh, top level, web services framework. That’s one hell of a legacy!

    Nice to see you’re still engaged with the community – I have no doubt that you’ll continue to go a long long way.


  15. Hi Dan,
    Its very much Progress´s loss.
    Best of luck in your next adventures, we will be keeping an eye on you here!

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