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.
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