July 14, 2011
Through my business partner.
I've been developing on the platform since 2002, and working on Java Tools since 2006. During that time I've worked on some Rich Client Applications in Swing and SWT, then some web apps in servlets, Play! and Wicket. I helped to write a small grid computing system in Java with a parallelising compiler in 2005/6 that was partially successful.
Android is re-invigorating the Rich Client end of Java development. Its growing so quickly and there's great opportunities and interesting work in that area. Dependency Injection frameworks like Spring and more recently Guice have made it much easier to test Java code. Same with mocking frameworks like Mockito. I'm really interested in the direction that Scala is moving in. Its a potential Java replacement with lots of nice, functional, features but still works with existing Java ecosystem. Unfortunately the IDE support isn't so great at the moment, but that should improve soon.
Yes - contract positions.
I'm a driven developer who loves solving complex problems, but hates how much of software development is dealing with day-to-day trivialities. I'd love for developers to focus on fixing the exciting problems, algorithmic or user experience related.