Spring Creator Rod Johnson Leaves VMware, Makes Mark on Java
Rod Johnson, creator of the Spring Framework and founder of SpringSource, has left VMware and has also indelibly left his mark on Java.Rod Johnson has left the building, but he left a sign on the wall for the Java elite: Rod was here. Johnson, the founder and CEO of SpringSource and the creator of the Spring Framework, announced that he has left his position as senior vice president of application platform strategy and general manager of the SpringSource division of VMware.
And Rod did it Sinatra stylehis way. He made his mark. Not necessarily in Sinatras New York, but in the New York City of the software world nowadays: the open-source business. If you can make it big in the open-source biz, you can make it anywhere in software. It takes a tough and scrappy exterior to make your way to the top of an open-source pile. And topping out in open source in the enterprise software world means youve done something real. Rods contribution to the world was the Spring Framework, which has helped a whole generation of enterprise Java developers by alleviating the pain of dealing with Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) and other Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) complexity.