Adopt a JTA expert

Once upon a time, there was a java developer who decided to write a standalone transaction manager in java. He worked hard on it on his own time but even if he never got rich because of it, it was a lot of fun so all was good in the Kingdom of XA.

Unfortunately bad times have come due to a worldwide economy recession. This greatly impacted our little java developer and consequently his nice little transaction manager as well. Finding gigs became harder, commutes increased and his family time as well as his available time to work on his product decreased drastically.

The time has come for our developer to make a hard decision : unless he can find some kind of financing for his nice, beloved, little transaction manager he will soon be forced to abandon it to better take care of his family.

JTA transaction manager expert on the bench

This story (minus the *isney-like style) actually is mine and yes, this really is a picture of myself sitting on the sidewalk. I’m not really on the street (yet) but my current contract is about to end. If I cannot find external financing I’ll soon have to take the hard decision to give up working on BTM and abandon this project as I don’t think I’ll be able to continue freely working anymore on it in the future.

I’ve spent about a year and a half building up the 1.0 version and continuously improved and supported it since then, all that completely on my own time and money. It’s no easy decision but if that’s the only choice I have then too bad and so be it.

Any proposition which could help me continue working on the BTM project is more than welcome.

Thanks for reading this,

Ludovic Orban – Author of the Bitronix Transaction Manager

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5 Responses to Adopt a JTA expert

  1. jhouse says:

    Hire this man! Excellent quality coder.

  2. Simon Massey says:

    I don’t know what to say. All the effort that you put in to your community and project makes you first amongst a super impressive bunch of guys in the world who are doing The Right Thing running an open source project. Thanks for all your help. Where are you at in Belgium as I might have a trip over your way in the next couple of weeks and I would like to buy you a beer or three.

  3. kelvin says:

    You are so funny but I am so sorry to hear that
    Save BTM!!! Orz…

    Anyway, I highly appreciate what you have hardly done on BTM!

  4. Luciano says:

    Kudos to you man! a JTA Manager is no easy task. I was once involved in the “interesting” world of JTA and XA. In that moment I came to the conclusion that to DB supported a full XA and there was still a need for a XA map and a XA file system (the ones in commons transaction don’t convince me). I can’t help you but I hope you get some funding for the project, or at least more develelopers interested in building it.

    Greetings and I’ll continue suscribed to your blog for more news and transaction insights.

  5. Ludovic says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind words!

    @Simon: I’m always happy to meet face to face with any BTM users. If you ever get lost in eastern Belgium (next to the German border) I’d be happy to show you what Belgian brewers are capable of.

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