Keep Moving

Posted by Nick Sieger Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:15:43 GMT

Rather than arouse speculation and keep you in unnecessary suspense,

I’m happy to announce that I’m joining the Living Social team on Monday! Besides the obvious reason of jumping at the chance to work with the caliber of team they’re building, I see this new opportunity as a chance to focus my attention. More about this below.

Of course that means I’m leaving Engine Yard. They have been a great company to work for, and continue to be. I’m extremely grateful that they have supported myself, Charlie, Tom, and the JRuby project for the past two and a half years. If you have a passion for developer tools, cloud computing, virtualization, and customer satisfaction, I would still recommend them unequivocally.

While being paid to work on open source is certainly a dream job for many, I’ve learned that I work better (and feel better about my work) when I have fewer immediate goals in front of me, and something to focus on. Open source is still great fun that I intend to enjoy when I have some time and inspiration to put something into it.

So what does this mean for my involvement with JRuby? Nothing at all, really. Of course, I won’t be working on JRuby full-time. I have already been soliciting new contributors for JRuby-Rack, Warbler, and AR-JDBC, and many of you have stepped up your involvement and contributions (thank you!). These projects will still keep moving, and I intend to still help out when I can. I still am very much personally invested in seeing JRuby win, and I think that JRuby continues to gain traction all over the place. And I still am involved and invested in making JRubyConf a top-notch experience this year in my hometown Minneapolis. (Please join us!)

So, [insert your change metaphor here]. Life goes on. Gotta keep moving!