The new year is bringing some big changes for me. A few weeks back I accepted a position at Relaxed Inc. and notified Mozilla that I would be leaving at the end of the year.
I started working at Mozilla 2 years ago. I started the day after my employment at the Open Source Applications Foundation ended. At this point I already took for granted some of the best parts of working at Mozilla; working for a public benefit organization, spending 100% of my time working on Open Source, working with very smart people in the open (lists, IRC, etc.).
But Mozilla is even more than all that. Succeeding at Mozilla means something more than a pat on the back and a good end of the year review. When you succeed at Mozilla you impact one of the most important products on the internet. You reach hundreds of millions of users and contribute to keeping the web an open and free (as in speech) world. There is no other place in the world you can work where you can conceivably have this kind of impact.
Mozilla as an organization is truly unique. Last year was the hardest I’ve ever had, i suffered a huge loss in my personal life and Mozilla was as supportive during this time as any of my friends or family. There are a lot of places that let you put so much of yourself in to the organization to help it attain it’s goals but there are only a handful that are there to support you when you need it.
I started using CouchDB in 2008 after a great talk by Jan Lehnardt at OSCON. I started using it right away and over the next year it re-shaped how I think about web development and applications. In the last 6 months my group at Mozilla has become a heavy CouchDB user and not just because of my own interest but because CouchDB was the only solution for some of the harder problems we needed to solve with our results storage.
As I’ve used CouchDB more and more and become a part of the CouchDB community I’ve had the pleasure of knowing some of the core contributors, three of which have decided to found a new startup around CouchDB; Jan Lehnardt, J Chris Anderson, and the creator of CouchDB Damien Katz. Shorty after they received their funding they made an offer. It’s an amazing opportunity and while the decision to leave Mozilla is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make I’m very excited about my future at Relaxed.
I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at Relaxed. It’s an exciting time and I’m not 100% sure yet which projects I currently work on that I will still have time to maintain. In the next week or so I’ll be doing a blog post on all the libraries I currently work on and maintain (it’s a long list) and what their status is moving forward. I still maintain code I wrote long before I worked at Mozilla and have every intention of continuing to work on some of the projects I started at Mozilla.
One thing is certain. I’m not the guy who figures out how to test the browser any more. Windmill and Mozmill are important projects that I have every intention of supporting by making time for code reviews and community support but I won’t be available to put time in to new feature work and refactoring like I have in the past. Luckily there are solid communities behind both of these projects and I’m confident that there are people who can continue to drive them in the future.
For everyone who depends on me and the code I’ve written over the last few years I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date. And one thing I can promise is that if you want to fix anything in one my projects, fork it on github and send me a pull request and I will always find time to look at it