A new door opens…

I’m excited to announce that as of today (March 28th), I’ve accepted a new position at LivingSocial! I’m an Engineering Director, managing a few teams that work on backend architecture such as email, scaling, etc.

For the past 5 years, Engine Yard has been an amazing employer. Back in 2007, Tom Mornini took a chance on hiring me, enabling Rubinius to progress in a way it never would have otherwise. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate everything they’ve done for me. It has been an embarrassment of riches.

So what does all this mean for Rubinius? Rubinius started as a passion project and continues to be. I’ll keep working on the project in all the same roles I have in the past. Because I won’t have the same amount of time, I’ll be doing more project management so that the amazing Rubinius community has a clearer picture of the work that is outstanding and can apply their talents to help move things forward.

I know some of you will read this and say “Evan left EY? Rubinius is dead.” I ask that you reserve judgement. The Rubinius community is an amazing group and I know that we all will continue to build a great platform. Brian Ford will continue working on Rubinius full-time and doing his amazing work getting Rubinius 2.0 finished.

I want to close by saying again how truly amazing Engine Yard is. I’ll always call this experience one of the most amazing opportunities of my life. For me, this decision was driven entirely by the chance to help LivingSocial build their architecture. I wish Engine Yard all the best and I’ll continue to help them with Rubinius related ventures in the future.

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