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A new title - an updated focus

Posted by terrencebarr on April 24, 2008 at 7:27 PM PDT

You may have noticed the change of my job title up in the bio of this blog. Evangelist just didn't fit my job anymore - so it was time for a change. When we started the Java Mobile & Embedded Community in November of 2006 evangelism was the order of the day. Evangelism of Java ME, of the open source code, of the Java Mobile & Embedded Community.

After that initial ramp-up and the first 12 months or so things were running fairly smoothly and I think it is fair to say that the community and open source Java ME were pretty well established. Since then I've been realizing that this job has become much more multi-faceted than just evangelism and promotional activities. It has grown and expanded to engaging and interacting with the developer community, maintaining and increasing a healthy community relationship, providing technical guidance and advice, reaching out to other communities, and feeding input back into Sun and the industry. These activities and goals became the driving force behind the position and I was enjoying that much more than simply being a megaphone for open source Java ME. Plus, outside of the United States the term "Evangelist" always needed a lot of explaining ...

So, there you have it. Out with the old, in with the new. Yours truly,


Senior Technologist and Community Ambassador