Well, this is my 10K-th post, if you go by what's displayed under my name on posts. Just wanted to put that on the record and make this a meaningful milestone post. My profile says I passed the 10K milestone a number of posts back but since I wasn't watching that number until it was too late, I'm going to go by the count I have been watching. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'm still four days shy of my official 16th anniversary of joining JavaRanch. Looking back now, it seems like a long time to get to 10K posts, considering that there are some folks who passed that mark years ago and are still adding to their total at the same clip. I don't know how you guys do it but my hat's always off to you. You know who you are. But then again I also spent a couple of years in semi-retirement, not that it would have made much of a difference in trying to keep up with some of the overachievers we have around here.
During the time I was away, roaming open pastures in the mid-2000s, some of the folks who helped me during my early days here also moved on to do other things. I want to give a shout out to Cindy Glass, Frank Carver, Marilyn de Queiroz, Thomas Paul (who I guess is still hanging around here in spirit somehow), Mark Spritzler, Ilja Preuß, Lasse Koskela, and all the others from the old guard whose names some of the newer hands probably haven't even heard of. They all were true inspirations for me and kept me coming back to this community. I do miss them and I wish them all the best in whatever they're doing now.
This community has changed quite a bit since I joined but for better or for worse, it's still one of the best communities I know of online or otherwise. The volunteer corps of moderators is as awesome as ever and the shuffle of members coming and going always generates interesting conversations and lots of new things to discover and learn. This is still a great site for learning new things and re-learning and rediscovering old things. It's also a great place to learn how to teach and mentor and I have gained and grown a lot as a software developer and a mentor through my participation here.
So, I want to thank everyone in this community, past and present: all the Marshals, Sheriffs, Bartenders, Ranchers, Greenhorns, and whatever other titles/designations there are out there, for giving me the chance to lurk, participate in discussions, share what I know, and learn from you all. (In my best Ranch accent) Y'all are awesome! Most of all, thank you for putting up with my repetitive, (mostly) long-winded, and perhaps sometimes overbearing replies about quality, craftsmanship, and software development principles and practices, and especially about my being overbearing to the point of being obnoxious about my enthusiasm for all things agile and Agile with a capital.
Last but not least, of course, I have to thank The TrailBoss, Paul Wheaton, for being the anchor and rock that keeps this site grounded and true to its original vision and purpose, through all the ups and downs both in ranch business and in his own real-world business. Thanks, Paul, for having me on staff and giving me and everyone else here the opportunity to be part of this great community.
We may have had a difference or two in the past, but I learned quite a bit from you (and who didn't?). In the tempo that you write replies, I have no doubt that 20K will be soon. So, keep up the good work and enjoy yet another cow!
Thanks, Campbell, for everything. I really appreciate all that you do here at the Ranch and you've really filled the void that Frank Carver and company left when they went out to pasture. There's only one thing I wonder about you, well a couple of things: When the heck do you sleep and how the heck do you rack up so many posts?!!
Despite the counter, what I always admire and never miss in your every single post - is an exemplary quality! If you have made a decision (that happens more often than anyone could expect) to help, one can be assured - it will be a well thought piece of an answer, yeah, usually not just a single one. Now, I stop twaddling right here.
First of all congratulations for achieving such milestone.
I deeply salute you for everything regarding your post the quality, the way you organize it, the knowledge or content you put in it..everything.honestly i am a very big fan of your's.
IMO apart from the programmer you are a very good teacher(did you ever feel it).
adore to see you further on ranch.
Try to enjoy your work while doing it,it will Automatically convert in Hard Work...