In this talk from RubyFringe, Damien Katz explains what drove him to create CouchDB, why he chose Erlang and more.
Damien Katz has worked for Lotus, MySQL, IBM and is the creator of CouchDB. He blogs at http://damienkatz.net/ .
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Thanks for making such cool software!
ismael Marin Cabrera
thank you Damien.
from the heart...
I've also taken a few years out in the past (and still going) to work on something I believe in which led to me doing a phd. Two questions, if I may:
(1) how do you get by without the cameraderie of the office?
--> I really like hanging out with people at work. this sort of goes when i'm working on my own. A year is too long for me.
(2) how do you cope with the stress when the money gets low?
--> i find that even if i'm quite close to finishing something, if the money gets low I get too stressed and i have to get a job. This tends to derail me for 6mths or so.
As one who's constantly bemoaning the lack of inventive spirit and passion in corporate software folk (mostly because it's seen as a money pot for the very douche bags/vapid bureaucrats that Damien talks about), it's heartening to hear this story. Not only that - I've played with couchdb and it really is cool and hopefully has a bright future.
Should be required watching for all. If you don't feel just a little bit like Damien from time to time, regardless of whether you sell your house to fund your dream, I'd suggest you're in the wrong field.
Re: from the heart...
as an aside, both Damian and Laura were kind enough to answer my questions on Damien's blog.
One of thew few presentation available here, I watched in one go to the end !
Interesting experience though, not all families would be willing to do this together (I guess).
Excellent Presentation, True and Inspriational