NovaRUG December 2006 as a DSL

when_at_novarug_meeting do |attendee| :pizza
  attendee.drink :mountain_dew
  attendee.observe_and_be_awed_by :rich_kilmer =>
    "Ruby and the Art of DSLs"
  attendee.be_entertained_by_coding_and_singing_of :devin_mullins =>
    "Plug-ins as DSLs (to the tune of Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda"
  attendee.get_books_signed_by :chad_fowler =>
    { "Rails Recipes",
       "My Job Went to India and All I Got Was This Lousy Book" }

assert 36, attendees.count

I went Indie!

So I did it – I took the leap – I quit my day job at webMethods doing design, architecture and Java programming. It was a wild ride as I started as employee 80 (+/- 1), worked my butt off, experienced the thrill of IPO at the height of the tech boom and the period now known as the tech bust. I left behind a bunch of friends but I think it was time that I ventured out on my own.

So what am I doing with my time now? A few things actually. I’m doing Ruby on Rails consulting. I’m working on my Cocoa apps, specifically WebnoteHappy and hopefully other apps in the future. Plus some audio editing. And I’m still open to doing Java as well. All this while working for my own company, Happy Apps LLC.

Basically I’ve taken all my passions that I did in my spare time and figured out a way to do all my passions during the day instead of cramming them into the few hours I have a night before I crash.

Plus I’ve thought more about what’s important to me: along with doing what I like to do, I also want to spend time with my kids – especially since they’re all under 7. I think that’s a special time and so I’m striving to only do remote consulting and product development.