Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Looking back, going forward

May 11, a sunny day in my little corner of the world, was my last day at Xamarin. I've spent an amazing 9 months working on Mono for Android, but more than that, Xamarin was a continuation of my work in the Mono team that started in 2006 back at Novell. So, in a sense, this is an end of a cycle.

These past 6 years have been life-changing; I dove into professional open source development head first, worked with an amazing team, met a ton of great people, and learned and did so many things that sometimes it's hard to believe it's only been 6 years. Some projects were successful, some not so much, but nothing was ever routine or mundane. Moonlight was a particularly amazing experience, working with C#, C/C++ and JS inside a browser with bridges and refcounting and all sorts of crazy hacks to build an UI toolkit from scratch, and Mono for Android was a inspiring challenge that taught me more about mobile development than I thought possible. Impossible is not a word that the Mono team use much ;-)

A lot of people have been assuming that, since I'm leaving Xamarin, I'm going to leave Mono development altogether. Rest assured, that's not going to happen. :-) There's a lot of projects I want to support in the Mono world, and the Linux/Mono community definitely needs a bit of a pick-me-up, which is why I'll be taking part in the Mono & Gnome Hackfest that's going to happen in Boston June 26 to July 2.

In the meantime, I'll be taking a bit of a break to recharge batteries and get ready for the new challenges ahead. It's going to be an interesting year! :-D

4 comments :

Alcides said...

Wish you the best of luck in your new adventures! And keep us posted as always!

Ivan said...

Good luck and enjoy recharging!

Paco Martinez said...

Keep me posted to where you are going. ;)

Paco

andreia|gaita said...

Thanks guys! More news to come in July ;)