Johnson Stood Up for Those He Hired and Nurtured
In a blog post announcing his plans to leave VMware to pursue other interests, Johnson said, Spring was created to simplify enterprise Java development, and has succeeded in that goal. The Spring community continues to grow, Spring is more widely adopted than ever and Spring has become the dominant programming model for enterprise Java. Tod Nielsen, co-president of Application Platform at VMware, told eWEEK that SpringSource was central to VMwares strategy for connecting with developers. He said the company had watched as SpringSource became a seat of power in the Java community as the number of developers using Spring reached into the millions. We knew we wanted them on our team, Nielsen said. Nielsen, who helped launch and then manage the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), knows a little something about connecting with developers.I first ran into Rod at a TheServerSide Java Symposium (TSSJS) in Las Vegas. I sat in on his talk and watched and waited while a throng of developers hit him up afterward to share their coding problems and ask him for advice. I introduced myself and asked for an interview. At first, a reluctant Johnson waved me away but eventually he relented. I knew there was an emerging story there. And if you ask him, Rod will acknowledge that I was the first journalist to hit him up. That wouldnt last long, however.
Just as James Goslings and Anders Hejlsbergs efforts cemented the object-oriented and VM-based platforms that define enterprise app dev today, Rods efforts defined the next transformation, and his departure marks the end of an era, said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies, founder of the Mylyn open-source project and a close friend of Johnson. Dependency injection, aspects, open-source frameworks and vendor independence have won. The simplification of the programming model that Rod drove will be permanent, and his efforts as both technologist and entrepreneur have made the lives of Java developers much easier. That's quite a dent to have made on the way that software is built, both in terms of what Spring delivered, and in the way it continues to influence other platforms. Lets hope that Rod doesnt consider himself to be done just yet, as I know that hes got more of this drive left in him.