Focusing on the latter, this is a professional blog after all, the news that Sun/Oracle's SPARC program was shut down brought up some thoughts. I started my career on that team. They were doing interesting work. The challenges were both technical and non technical. Getting things done required less coding and more engineering; the aspects of the profession that are not taught in school (e.g. sourcing requirements, gathering data, engaging with partners, and establishing consensus). I recall the exit interview with my then director. What stuck in the conversation was the level of pride that the director had in having assembled a
My life (including personal life) may have been very different if I continued on that path. Alas, I made a different decision. For a short while, I chased happiness at work, but over the past 5+ years, my focus changed to becoming my best self and doing my best work. This has never been more true than today. I am grateful that this endeavor is the third most important area in my life (following my self care, and wife/family).