Career Update: Back to Engineering!

Since the inception of my software engineering career, decades ago, I have enjoyed creating resilient software systems and building efficient engineering teams. I found that one of the most important aspects affecting the success of any project is how close engineering teams align with user and community needs. This is one of the reasons it’s crucial for engineering to understand users.

During the past year and a half I’ve been deeply focused on distributed systems and advocacy around Apache Cassandra at DataStax. I chose to work at the company for their commitment to building extremely scalable and performant products. Another reason was my respect for people who work at the company, many of whom are active contributors and committers to Apache Cassandra, Spark and other important open-source projects. DataStax maintains deep experience in the area of distributed databases and I am happy to have been able to contribute to improving products and educational materials around Apache Cassandra. Having gotten to work with many engineering teams within DataStax I am excited about our future efforts! Continue reading “Career Update: Back to Engineering!”

Andy Piper & Troy Howard, Now Twitter is up to Something!

Twitter is up to something. I’m betting it’s something good.

In the last 2 weeks I’ve found out two fellow coders are rolling into the Twitter family. These two people are top tier talent, so I’m just assuming Twitter had their act together when they went after these two new recruits. So who are these two individuals? Andy Piper and Troy Howard, two people everybody keeps track of. Wait, you do keep track of these guys right? Hmmm, if you don’t it might be high time you need to get in gear and follow them! Here are their deets, so you’re in the loop.

Andy Piper
Andy Piper

Andy Piper @andypiper, heading over to become Developer Advocate in London. Andy has been a great advocate over at Cloud Foundry. I only assume, as many who have used the Cloud Foundry Platform, he’ll continue to be an advocate for it. I’m super excited to see the efforts Andy leads forward with in this new role with Twitter. I’ll be keeping an eye out and hopefully this year landing in London to visit for a few lines of code and a brew or two.

Troy Howard
Troy Howard

Troy Howard @thoward37 is heading over to become the Technical Documentation Super Genius (my label) to which he humbly refers to as Documentarian. He’s helped lead projects like Node PDX Conf (which he and I stumbled ourselves into 2+ years ago) and he’s since knocked out work with organizing Write the Docs,

hujs
hujs

Hujs (check out Glenn Block’s write up) and others! Besides being a mad awesome conference organizer he’s all over the Portland tech community, code space & devops world.

For other trend setters and coders that get shit done and make waves, check out my Awesome Coders category. I’ve introduced more than a few top tier amazing people over the years that I’m totally stoked to have worked along side, hacked with, coded with or otherwise been involved with in the software & hardware industry!

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So begs the question, “what’s Twitter up to eh?