It is with bittersweet emotion that I must announce today was my last day with Sencha.
Over the years, my blog has become somewhat of a beacon for many Sencha developers. Way back in 2008 (well before I started working for the company) I began using Ext JS 2.0. I started blogging (ranting, really) about my trials and tribulations — and thanks to Google, literally tens-of-thousands of developers have read my posts. Even today, 8 of my top 20 most-viewed posts per week (~20% of my total traffic) are related to Sencha’s products.
Sencha hired me in early 2011 — nearly five years ago to the day. In the eight total years that have passed this community has become nothing short of family, and I owe much to my friends and colleagues. Working at Sencha has been the highlight of my career thus far and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
But as the saying goes, “nothing lasts forever” — and I have been given an incredible opportunity to build some cutting-edge software outside of the Sencha ecosystem. I am sad to be leaving behind many people whom I love and respect, and I wanted to step back for a moment and reflect on my journey.
What has Sencha meant to me?
Working at Sencha has been an incredible experience, one that has helped me grow professionally — but also enabled me to do some really cool stuff.
When I was first hired, I worked on the Professional Services team as a Solutions Engineer and was later promoted to Solutions Architect. Among other things I worked directly with our largest customers (often in the Fortune 500) to build some awesome web applications. In 2014 I was promoted to Developer Relations Manager where I owned everything under the umbrella of “content and community”. For roughly the past year I have worked as Senior Software Engineer, working on our latest-and-greatest software tools like Sencha Inspector and our IDE plugins.
By my rough calculations, this is my contribution to our developer community over the years:
- I have 56 posts on my own blog tagged with “Ext JS” and another 33 tagged with “Sencha Touch”
- I have published 32 posts on the Sencha blog
- 1500+ posts on the Sencha forums
- ~10 Sencha webinars
- Attended all 5 SenchaCon conferences (speaking at 3)
- Started two meetup groups (Chicago and Milwaukee)
- Presented at more than 8 conferences in North America
- I was invited to the Microsoft campus to present on Channel 9
- Presented at more meetups than I can count, in cities all over the United States
- Contributed bug fixes to every version of the Ext JS and Touch frameworks
- Built community extensions for nearly every product
- Grew the Chrome extension App Inspector for Sencha to more than 13,000 weekly users
- …and created a new product, Sencha Inspector, out of that work
- …and those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head!
I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I have become one of the most widely recognized content authors in the Sencha ecosystem over the past 8 years. It’s no secret that I drink the Sencha champagne, and I have created much of my professional identity around this developer community.
Most of all, I have loved talking to everyone. Every meetup, webinar, conference and customer visit has been extraordinarily fun — and I have had the immense pleasure of getting to know many of you on a personal level.
To my colleagues at Sencha (both past and present) — this journey with you has been incredible, and I hope we will continue to stay in touch. THANK YOU for all of your support, kindness and friendship over the years!
So why leave?
Simply put: eight years is a long time to be doing something. While I love what I do, I’m also a technology geek whose interests are pulled in multiple directions simultaneously; now just feels like the right time to try something new.
I recently completed a business leadership course in which we discussed personal branding, mission statements and core values (in addition to many other topics). One of the biggest takeaways I had from this class was that I needed to be true to myself — and in order to continue growing personally and professionally I need to adjust my compass and accept new challenges.
A Fond Farewell
I honestly can’t articulate the gratitude I have towards the Sencha community — it truly is a special place, and I know it will continue to grow and succeed as the company delivers new and innovative products (like Sencha Test). I know Sencha’s best days are still ahead; they have an amazing team and their mission is one which many believe in. I can’t wait to see what they do over the next 12-24 months!
I can’t guarantee what the future holds for me, but I hope to keep in touch with everyone through Twitter, my blog and future events. You are all welcome to reach out to me with questions — I’ll always be here to help the best I can!