Yesterday came the news that UBM is shuttering the venerable Dr. Dobb's Journal as the Brit-based corporation continues its inexorable exit from technology journalism. I know it shouldn't be surprising but this one hits close to home... literally.
I was out of J-school for about a year, working part time for a local daily newspaper and desperate for a full time gig. I heard about this new publication started by some Stanford geeks that was just a short walk from my parents house, so I decided to go down and put my resume in. Of course, I had no idea what computer programming wa so there wasn't a chance in hell of getting a job there, but I walked my resume through the door anyway. I never did get a call.
But through the years, DDJ grew up with me in the world. I learned alot about technology through its pages, both in print until 2009 and then only online. When they were acquired by UBM, though, I knew it was only a matter of time.
As Andrew Binstock, the last EiC, stated, UBM isn't in the business of running publications for the sake of informing the world anymore. Publications are for supporting events and tradeshows in the UBMirverse. DDJ becomes obsolete in that world. Sorry to see it go.