Sometimes opportunities come along that you just can't pass up. Such as the case for me these days; I'll be leaving my job as Community Development Manager at SourceForge for a job at Engine Yard as the PHP Community Manager. As you might have heard, Engine Yard recently acquired Orchestra, and as such, is making a splash in the PHP space. (This is awesome on so many levels.) I am extremely lucky to be on Randall Thomas's team (@daksis for those who don't know him), whom I had the great pleasure of meeting in person last year at JRubyConf. Not only will I get to work with Randall, I will be working closely with the Orchestra team; a group of collective awesomeness. WOOT! I kind of feel like I'm "coming home" to my PHP community, and that makes me really happy. And not just the "Hey, I didn't spill anything on myself today" kind of happy, but the "I need to high five the shit out of someone" kind of happy. You've all been warned.

I've greatly enjoyed working with the folks at Geeknet, and have met some *very* smart people along the way. Incidentally, they are now in need of a "Community Growth Hacker" for SourceForge, so if this sounds like something that might be of interest to you, by all means, let them know! They are a terrific group of people.

I will say goodbye to Geeknet on October 9, hello to Engine Yard on October 17, and in between, I'll spend some time at Brooklyn Beta. You'll also see my smiling face at PHPNW, and probably ZendCon, so I hope to get a chance to chat with you. I want to hear what's new with *you*!

Ohai SourceForge!

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm starting a new contract job working for Geeknet, and in particular, SourceForge. I will be their new OSS Outreach Coordinator, which means I get to spend my time helping open source projects be more awesome. I will work closely with new and existing projects to figure out what help they need and how SourceForge can help fill those needs. There are a lot of cool things going on at SF right now, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it! Also, I get to work with Jeff Bates (hemos from Slashdot) and his team of awesomeness, which seriously does not suck.

In case you haven't seen the latest SF news, they've redone the entire site from the ground up, and added more tools to make lives easier for devs and end users. We're breaking apart the bundle of SF services, so that projects can use whatever they need (and of course, everything is still completely free). For instance, OS projects can use just the download service to take advantage of SF's global mirror network, even if they want to keep development on someplace like github. SF is serving up about 3 million downloads a day, and their mirrors serve on average 2.25 gpbs. Also, Adobe is now hosting their open source development community on the new & improved SF, which is very cool. (Btw, if you have feedback on the new forge, we'd love to hear it.)

I'm really glad to be involved in helping SourceForge help open source, because that's really what it's all about-- making open source better.

The Winds of Change

I just wanted to post a quick blog entry to say goodbye to Marco Tabini and his staff at php|architect. I've worked with them for a few years now, but all good things must come to an end, as they say.

I greatly appreciate all the opportunities they offered me, and I had the chance to meet many interesting people through my work there. It was truly a great experience, and one I'm very thankful for.

I'll still be working for giftsforengineers.com and I have also signed on to Wiley as a Consulting Editor, so that elusive thing called "free time" will be forever elusive, I fear :).

(I may also have a few other things in the works... but I'll save those for another time and another post. :) )