Today marks the last day of my adventures at Canoo Engineering AG. Back in 2010 Canoo celebrated it's 10th year anniversary on April 1st with a full day event; that very same day I joined the company, which gave me the opportunity to meet pretty much everyone in one day.
It's been 8 years (plus 1 month) full of challenges and friendship; I had the opportunity to design from scratch the architecture of a systems platform used my a working group comprised of multi-national companies; helped migrate existing Java desktop solutions from Swing/SWT to JavaFX; coached teams on the intricacies of Maven and Gradle build tools; helped customers understand the benefits of contributing back to Open Source and build communities; fostered Hackergarten as a space to learn, teach, and collaborate; traveled the world meeting customers and participated at conferences/JUG events showcasing the experiences we have had along the way with a wide range of Java (and Groovy!) technologies.
To my fellow canooies (as we like to call ourselves) I bid you goodbye. I take with me fond memories of the time we spent together building solutions for our customers; the laughs we shared; the times we jumped into the Rhine during a hot summer day to later come back to the office an hour later to continue our daily work (yup, that's a thing in Basel).
Auf Wiedersehen und bis später!