Tomorrow I begin working with a new employer for the first time in nearly 13 years. I’m very excited to join the talented group of developers at PSC as a Senior Consultant. The past few years have been challenging as my previous employer (cereal manufacturer Malt-O-Meal/MOM Brands/Post Consumer Brands) has undergone a lot of change, both corporately and within the IT department. Moving away from daily application support and the ongoing maintenance of legacy applications and to more dynamic project work will be both challenging and exciting. I anticipate this will ultimately result in better content for this space, both in terms of quantity and quality. I’ve been the beneficiary of many hours of shared knowledge from this community and look forward to doing more of that myself going forward. Time to give back a little more.
After attending 10 conferences as simply an attendee, the recently concluded MWLUG conference in Atlanta gave me my first opportunity to take a turn at speaking. It was a great experience preparing and presenting for the first time and I couldn’t be happier that I took the chance to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. My topic “Navigating the Jungle of Web Development” was well attended and for that I thank all the attendees that gave it a chance. I certainly hope it was worth your time. I have posted the information from my session here on my new conferences page.
In addition to speaking the conference gave me the opportunity to catch up with friends and make some new ones. Richard Moy and his team did a wonderful job as usual planning and producing this great event. Highlight sessions for me were watching Howard Greenberg and Brad Balassaitis talk in different sessions about xPages performance, Mark Roden talking about Web Sockets, Kathy Brown and Julian Robichaux talk about some interesting Java uses, Steve Zavocki and Dwain Wuerfel sharing an interesting DB2 to xPages integration project and of course Louis Richardson speaking at lunch on Thursday about the importance of social interactions in people.
As good as the sessions were, the social aspect of the conference is what makes it so special. We are all lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community of technology professionals. Until next time!