Already an active member of the Titanium community, about 1.5 year ago I joined Appcelerator to become Developer Evangelist/Advocate. I’ve had a great time serving many thousands of developers, but all good things come to an end. I’m leaving Appcelerator.
How it started
I built my first Titanium app in 2012 and by the end of the year I already found myself discussing Alloy betas with Tony. I was amazed to see how approachable the Appcelerator staff was, including a CEO who still ♥︎ to code!
When it was released early 2013 I was asked to introduce Alloy at the local meetup. Soon I found myself leading the group, speaking at other events and travel the world with Boydlee and Jason for tiConf. I created tools like TiCons and gitTio out of pure laziness, but they quickly became very popular. By that time, developing apps for clients had become merely a way to pay the bills while I had fun serving the Titanium community.
You can imagine how thrilled I was when Jeff Haynie asked me to join Appcelerator! I could now fully focus on what I loved most and get paid for it.
Why it ends now
There are several reasons, but in the end they don’t really matter. I leave because I can’t find the passion anymore that I need in a role like this. I don’t leave because I have something new, but I’m not going to hang around till I do. Appcelerator deserves better.
Early this year I compared Developer & Religious Evangelism. Could you imagine a Christian Evangelist who doesn’t believes in Jesus anymore? Exactly. Does that mean God doesn’t exist or Titanium isn’t any good? Certainly not! ?
What about gitTio, TiCons etc?
I still maintain several Titanium apps for clients preceding my time at Appcelerator and I will happily continue to do so. That said, and depending on my next gig, I will probably not be very active in the community anymore.
gitTio was designed to require minimal maintenance and all of my other tools are open source. I’ll keep them online and try to follow up with PRs as much as I can, but if you’d like to take over a project, please do get in touch with me.
TiCons has already lost some relevance with the introduction of DefaultIcon.png and Storyboard Launch Files and I expect the same to happen for gitTio with the new Appcelerator Marketplace in due time.
So what’s next for me? Glad you asked.. I have no clue! ?
The downside of being a jack of all trades who’s always looking to master something new, is that you pretty much reconsider everything, every time. No wonder Ricardo recently asked me: Do you consider yourself an indecisive person? In this matter… yes! Or maybe..
What I did learn at Appcelerator is that I like improving Developer/User Experience – including writing blogs and samples – more than speaking, although I certainly enjoy to travel every now and then. This aligns nicely with the idea I have of myself that I thrive when I can learn something by doing and use that experience to make the journey easier for those who follow.
I’d like to thank Ricardo for his friendship, Jeff for inviting me to come on board, all other Appcelerati for bearing with me, but most of all I’d like to thank you. The Titanium community might be big in number, but its events were like family gatherings.
So yes.. Code Strong! ?