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Bruce Elgort didn't just talk about a need, he stepped up and helped get something going in our tech community called "OpenNTF". Many people had talked about the need for an open source mechanism like this for sharing techniques, skills, and even full blown applications that were specifically relevant to our technology. Bruce is one of a small group of people who put a lot of time into actually making it work. His work included a focus on bringing in big players including IBM rather than going it alone because he and the rest of that team understood the need for work posted on that site to be considered safe for use from a copyright and from a security perspective. Without that effort, the project could not have been anywhere close to as successful as it has become. Even if you don't use OpenNTF personally, you probably use code that exists as a direct result of that site. Some of the efforts posted there were so influential that some or all of their work ended up included in later releases of the Domino product line.
Bruce was not alone in his work on OpenNTF -- not by a long shot. He was a leader in that group of dedicated people, and his work was instrumental in keeping it going.
Bruce is stepping down from his lead role in the OpenNTF organization this month. He deserves a moment of thanks from everyone in this community.
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