On the back burner

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-07-19 Print this article Print

"> How much time do you have to do back-burner projects since youve taken on this new role? Not as much as Id like, but more time than Ill admit to. There are a fair number of meetings on my schedule. But I think I manage about 20 percent of my time to back-burner stuff.
And I mean back-burner things that I specifically work on. I actually spend a lot of time [on back-burner projects]. Sun has a number of folks off in corners doing back-burner projects. I think that one of my more important roles is to help them out and deal with the care and feeding of them.
Often these are things that are making the transition from the labs or back-burner things to real products. Its really like the real-time thing I talked about. Thats something that had been a series of little back-burner projects that coalesced and finally got real funding and now has an actual engineering team, and theyre now doing customer trials and its like, "Ah, cool!" Any others you can identify? Well, Looking Glass was one of them. The JOGL API—Java OpenGL API—started as a little back-burner thing. There was one that never went anywhere … called Relator, which was a way to build user interfaces, which I actually quite liked. But it didnt work out. And I actually think that having things not work out is a good thing because it means youre being a little edgy. Check out eWEEK.coms Developer & Web Services Center at http://developer.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

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