Tim Tripcony: A Brilliant Intellect and A Great Personality
As many others in the community, I am devastated at the tragic news from Scott Hooks of the passing of Tim Tripcony. I first met Tim in person some years ago at BLUG, although I had since co-hosted an episode of The XCast in which he appeared and he had already contributed many comments on my blog. Tim’s infectious personality and his audacious willingness to push the boundaries of XPages was bound to impress anyone. And when I learned that this guru who was already living deep in the bowels of the XPages runtime had not been a Java developer before XPages, I was in awe. In more recent months he had moved from XPages to Android development, again showing an ability to pick up new skills with his work on Yubixi.
During 2011 we worked on XPages Extension Library with Paul Hannan, Declan Lynch and Jeremy Hodge. It was an honour to collaborate on that book.
We planned to speak together at BLUG in 2012 on everything under the hood of XPages. Unfortunately Tim had to pull out, but helped me with the session by giving me PhaseListener code and reviewing the slides. Although I presented the session on my own at a few conferences, we finally got to present it together at UKLUG in 2012 in Cardiff. It was without a doubt the best incarnation of that session, with the best structure for what was easily two hours of content! But the content of the session was secondary to the costumes he suggested, and Rene Winkelmeyer got a classic photo of two Jedi’s holding council outside the venue after we finished. (Thanks to Serdar Basegmez for sharing some other photos of that session.)
We never got to speak together at another conference, though we did have a few “collaborations” in Kimonos!
Tim’s ability to learn new technologies and explain the complexities to the novice made him a great asset to the community. His enthusiasm, infectious laugh and laid back manner made him a popular person. I’m honoured to have been able to call him a friend. Though he is gone, he will certainly never be forgotten.