Two years at Red Hat
Last month (end of October 2021) marked my second year as a Red Hatter. You can read more about my first year in my previous post.
I recently watched The Billion Dollar Code TV miniseries. Not that I agree with everything it depicts, but it truly reminded me of the feelings I had towards big tech companies back in the day when Open Source still hadn't won, and how I wanted to be part of something different. I guess what I want to say is that Red Hat is not just another employer on my list and that I'm glad to be here.
An amazing year
I can't believe that another year has gone by so quickly. Following are some of my main highlights and achievements within Red Hat. I'm not sure if they might be very interesting for you, but they really help me see and put in perspective what my team and I were able to accomplish during this period.
This year we released 8 new versions of Eclipse JKube. Our main goal last year was to release the 1.0.0 version of JKube which would finally replace the deprecated Fabric8 Maven Plugin. This year, the main goal was to release the new Kubernetes and OpenShift Gradle Plugins.
I'm proud to say that the project has gained relevance among our internal BUs and working group, and has now much more involvement from product management and other stakeholders. The Fabric8 Maven Plugin was a project with great potential, and I'm really grateful to have the opportunity to materialize that valuable legacy with JKube.
Overall I'm really happy with the team's performance and achievements, and I can't wait to see what we'll be able to attain next year.
Fabric8 Kubernetes Client
The Fabric8 Kubernetes Client saw 29 releases this year. We started a short release cycle initiative and we are now cutting a new release every 3 to 4 weeks. This process has only been possible through the collaboration of the community and members of other teams. We are now able to deliver more and faster.
I appreciate the effort of everyone involved and I'm really excited to see what the future will bring to the project.
My first year at Red Hat ended with a presentation on EclipseCon 2020. I'm a person who likes traditions, so this year I also gave a talk there to present the new Kubernetes Gradle Plugins.
These are some of the other public events I took part in:
- Barcelona JUG 2020-12-02: Containeriza tus microservicios facilmente con Eclipse JKube
- Cloud Tool Time 2021-02-16: Deploying a Quarkus application into Kubernetes using JKube
- DevConf.cz 2021-02-19: Containerize your Java Applications using Eclipse JKube
- Barcelona JUG 2021-03-05: Kubernetes Operators Panel
- Developer Experience Office Hours 2021-03-30: Introduction to JKube with Marc Nuri and Rohan Kumar
- EclipseCon 2021-10-28: Containerize and deploy into Kubernetes your Gradle Java project with Eclipse JKube
Promotion to Principal
Last but not least, this year I was promoted to Principal! I'm not a person who cares much about job titles or positions. I tend to respect people for what they do or what they have achieved or contributed, and how their impact might have or will influence me in some way or another.
However, I'm thankful to belong to a company that proactively recognizes its people's performance and rewards them. This is especially true for my managers, who took the initiative to start the process and advocated for it. Thank you, I feel really lucky to belong to this organization.