10gen has announced that it is Shifting Emphasis to the Database. They decided to focus on the Mongo database after finding that there was much more interest in it than in their Babble cloud computing app server.

Babble is still alive, though. It has a new web site and has shifted to the Apache license.

This may all be good news for 10gen, but it’s bad news for me. Since I was working on bringing Ruby and Rails to Babble, I and a number of other fine engineers at 10gen have been let go. It hurts, but I’ve had a blast and learned a lot at 10gen.

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be finishing up work on the Ruby Mongo driver, MongoRecord (an ActiveRecord-like framework for Mongo that is independent of Rails), and Rails ActiveRecord support for Mongo.

Oh, yeah: here’s my resume.