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renodino (6856)

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Saturday May 10, 2008
11:06 AM

Lone Wolf no more

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Its been a wild ride while it lasted, and I certainly learned a lot, not just about s/w development, but mostly about business. But after lone wolfing for several years, I've thrown in the towel and taken up with a database startup.

Alas, I'll be doing very little Perl for my new job; lots of C/C++, and my new overlords seem to have fallen pretty hard for Guido's koolaid, so I'll need to write a Python indenter . While I'll inject Perl where I can, I fear it'll be an uphill battle, and avoiding those is why I succumbed to captivity in the first place.

OTOH, I'll be doing stuff I've been doing for the better part of 20+ years, stuff I can do without getting out of bed, much less falling out. And I have a few notions I hope to inject into the product suite; the database field is starting to get crowded again, and anything we can do to differentiate is going to be essential to success.

And they're letting me do it from Reno, which was a big condition for me. The California thing lost its luster for me years ago; I especially revile the SillyConJob Valley nonsense. I live 10 miles from the CA line...and thats plenty close enough for me.

I also made them pick up the tab for my OSCON attendance, so I'll actually get to stay at a decent hotel this year!

What really made me steer back into the database maelstrom was the crew manning this startup. Some of them are almost iconic in the DBMS world, and they've been very succesful in the past; some others I've personally known for a decade or more. Hopefully, the cumulative experience will be enough to climb over the other startups massing around this particular niche. I commented to the VP of Engineering that, if the DBMS s/w didn't pan out, he could just pimp us all out as consultants at $300/hr and probably make more money!

That said, I am suffering some separation anxiety. Working on what *I* wanted to *when* I wanted to was fun, albeit frustratingly difficult/impossible to monetize. I've spent most of the last 5 years banging out Perl and (recently) Javascript, only doing XS/C when conditions demanded; now I'll be slogging thru mind numbingly slow and (esp) error prone C/C++ development. Hopefully I'll endure long enough to collect the gold ring.

In the meantime, I'm desperately trying to get Thread::Sociable into at least compilable shape and uploaded to a Google Code repository I setup some months ago. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way, so progress has been very slow. Its a damn shame I can't get paid to finish that up. I really think it would make a nice splash for Perl: faster shared access, real STM for real threads, and even shared nothing for those that prefer it, plus (for those that hate on ithreads) all that for process shared memory (without the Storable or DBM contortions of existing solutions). Hopefully, some others will attempt to grok my XS/C hacking and take up the cause. While I won't be tossing commit bits around like beads at Mardi Gras, I'll certainly open things up for those that express both an interest *and* the skill to comprehend it (the STMness gets pretty gruesome in places).

Oh well. Its my last weekend of independence, and another beautiful Sierra spring day, so I'd better get out and enjoy it before I jump on a plane on Monday.

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  • Congratulation with your new job. If you can't Perl, it's OK to SQL.

    One could see it as evidence that Perl jobs are getting harder to get though, if perl enthusiast have to code Python. But at least it's not PHP, and C/C++ has its place from time to time.

    God luck. Is it Postgres based?
    • One could see it as evidence that Perl jobs are getting harder to get

      I don't think thats a proper extrapolation (tho it is a bit ironic that the keeper of the DLJB [] is crawling back under the C/C++ rock). I did talk to some Perl shops, but this DBMS gig found me, and came highly recommended by people I trust. So it was the path of least resistance.

      Is it Postgres based?

      Sorry, I don't know what I can say, so I'd best not say anything.