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Posted by editor on April 2, 2007 at 7:10 AM PDT

Giving credit where credit's due

I think it's very fair to say that this site wouldn't have succeeded without the efforts of its first editor, Daniel Steinberg. Being somewhat privvy to the launch -- I didn't work with O'Reilly at the time, but I was one of Daniel's IM buddies -- it was astonishing to see the amount of hours that went into the launch. Furthermore, the editorial side of the site had to work against what was initially not a particuarly warm reception from some elements of the Java community, who were suspicious of Sun's level of involvment and control, dubious about whether any of the bloggers on the site would have anything to say, and questioned whether such a site was even necessary. As the O'Reilly staff has been reminded by other recent launches, building an editorial pipeline, finding an audience, and contributing to the development of a community is a startlingly difficult task, one that does not always succeed. When it does, plaudits are certainly deserved, though not always granted.

Daniel is leaving O'Reilly today, heading out to further his work in writing, editing, and audio, following up on media opportunities that are rapidly developing elsewhere. I'm sure he'll be a big success... well, really, he already is (you did recognize his voice on those MacWorld podcasts, right?)... and that we'll be seeing and hearing his work all around the web. Plus, he's giving two sessions at JavaOne (did I mention he's an accomplished Java and Obj-C developer?). Far from seeing less of him as he leaves O'Reilly, you'll probably see a lot more of him.

GJ, dude.

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