Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve joined Stormpath as a Developer Evangelist!
I have a unique background; one you wouldn’t expect from a technologist. I grew up in the back woods of Montana. In fact, I was born in a log cabin, built by my grandparents, with no medical assistance except for my Dad and his hunting knife. It’s a good thing his knife was sharp because I came out with a blue head and my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck!
We didn’t have electricity or running water at The Cabin, but my sister and I didn’t know what we were missing until we started school. I lived this way for the first 16 years of my life.
Even without electricity, my Dad connected us to the internet using a 300 baud modem, a Commodore 64, and a small generator. I became inspired by the internet in the early 1990s and started writing websites before Netscape 1.0 was even released. I never intended to be a Software Developer—my degrees are in Russian, International Business, and Finance. However, I found I had a knack for it and self-taught myself everything I know.
I’ve had a fondness for frontend development since the 90s, but I jumped on the Java bandwagon in the late 90s. Before I knew it, I was slinging a lot of Java code at the .com startup where I worked. Then I got into open source: Struts, Spring, Hibernate and many others.
I created my own open source project, AppFuse, and started speaking at conferences about my experiences with open source software. For the last ten years, I’ve worked for many companies as a consultant, helping them adopt and use open source software. At the same time, I’ve traveled around the world to conferences, telling stories about my experiences.
I’ve been consulting with Stormpath for the last six months, helping develop and release their Java SDK 1.0. During this time, I got to know the team quite well and really enjoyed my time working with them. I also realized that I was pretty good at the evangelism thing (coding, speaking, blogging, etc). I decided rather than taking time off (or working extra) to speak, blog, and work on open source, it’d be fun to get paid to do it. Stormpath has offered me that opportunity and I can’t wait to show y’all some cool projects I’ve started working on.
My involvement in open source projects will continue, as will my blog posts on https://raibledesigns.com. In fact, I don’t expect much to change at all. There’s a good chance you’ll hear from me now more than ever. I plan to continue working with the open source frameworks I love: Spring Boot, Angular, and Bootstrap. With Angular 2 released, Spring Boot taking off like a rocket, and JHipster’s Angular 2 support right around the corner—Q4 is going to be a lot of fun!
If you’d like to hear about any of these technologies, you can see my Art of Angular 2 talk this evening at vJUG 24. I plan to attend the JHipster Hackathon in Washington, DC on October 11. On October 12, I’ll be watching Stormpath’s Micah Silverman talk about Securing Java Microservices with Java JWT at the Denver Java User Group. I hope to see you at one of these events!