Mike Croft

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Why this blog?

I do most of my blogging for Payara now and, before then, C2B2. Every so often, I get an idea that just doesn’t fit with the work I do for my day job and sharing that via Twitter just won’t cut it. It’s particularly a problem when the thing you want to express is an opinion and you really don’t want to be misinterpreted.

So that lead me to create this blog. It’s a place for opinions, experiments with technology and other tangentially tech-related things. As such, this blog is entirely my opinion and therefore does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of any employer of mine, past or present.

About me

Probably the most accurate way to describe what I do professionally would be to call myself a Java Middleware Consultant, although that doesn’t really cover it.

After graduating, I worked for IBM for a bit with WebSphere ESB. After a couple of years and a location change, I found myself working for C2B2. I never really left C2B2, but spent increasing amounts of time working on Payara Server which was launched as a separate initiative, that just happened to be staffed with C2B2 employees.

Since C2B2 is a staunchly independent outfit, it didn’t really make sense to be putting this sort of effort in to a competitor of some of the products we worked with. Despite the fact that I would happily recommend whichever application server was most appropriate for the customer I found myself working with, it’s hard to prove that you’re still independent when your own product is genuinely the most appropriate.

So, on the 6th April 2016, Payara Services Ltd. was created and I officially became a Payara employee.


I currently work for Payara and am very privileged to work with some incredibly talented people. Some of them have an online presence:

I’m part of the support and services team in Payara so I spend most of my time working directly with customers, remote or on-site, handling support tickets for customers with a support contract or any other ad-hoc work for customers who want to buy consultancy time.


I like sport that I can participate in more than sport that I can watch (with the exception of F1 and sometimes rugby). Pretty much any sport where I can compete against myself appeals to me; running, climbing, snowboarding plus lots of other things I haven’t got round to yet. (I’ll need to buy a Kayak first).