Around 3 months ago I made the very difficult decision to leave Pusher. After just over 2 years I'm leaving behind what - up until now - has been the best job I've ever had.
In this post I'll cover what's been achieved while I've been at Pusher, why I left and what I'm going to be doing next.
Over the past 2 years Pusher has achieved a lot and I believe I've made a good contribution towards that. But, here I'm focusing on what I've done in my role as Developer Evangelist for Pusher.
|Talks given||31||Highlights have to be at talk and panel at HTML5 Dev Conf and TwilioCon 2012 in San Francisco and PHP UK 2013|
|Workshops delivered||3||Chicago, Salzburg and Edinburgh|
|Travelled||101,000 kilometers||63k miles|
|Cities visited||11||London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Dundee, Warsaw, Salzburg, San Francisco, Chicago|
|Referrals to pusher.com||17,000+||This doesn't take into account StackOverflow referrals, traffic from the Pusher blog, Twitter referrals or untrackable traffic from events, talks, conversations etc.|
|Blog posts written||85||On the Pusher blog, my blog, .net magazine, Smashing Mag, Web Designer Depot, Web Resources Depot and elsewhere|
|Books contributed to||2||Realtime Web Apps and HTML5 Hacks|
|Screencasts & Webinars||9|
|Github contributions||600+||That's 600+ the past year based on github profile.|
|StackOverflow Answers||195||For more info check out my StackOverflow profile|
|Tweets||5,494||I'm @leggetter on Twitter|
I've just compiled these stats and I'm quite pleased with what I've achieved. I'm particularly surprised to see I've given 31 talks.
For a sample of the sort of thing I got up to in a year have a look at my year as a Developer Evangelist blog post from mid-2012.
Why I left Pusher
My last official day at Pusher was 18th June 2013. But, I also attended the EE Hackathon on 22/23 June representing Pusher. So, I still have a great relationship with everybody there.
I'm leaving simply because I've had a great 2 years and now it's time for a new challenge. Sorry, no scandal to be found here. Pusher is still awesome!
My work focus is now two-fold.
I'm still very passionate about Realtime Web Technologies so I'm going to continue evangelising about how they can be used to create interactive and engaging experiences. The only difference now is that I won't be so focused on Pusher, and will be covering realtime web technologies more generally.
BladeRunnerJS is the perfect opportunity for me to continue in a role that I love and also start learning, creating and sharing about a technology that I've been using since graduating from university in 2001.
BladeRunnerJS is a component developed by Caplin Systems (who I've worked for twice before) and I've been asked to lead the team to open source the component.
- Tookits such as Yeoman, lineman, middleman, Anvil, mimosa
- Frameworks like AngularJS, Ember.js, Knockout and Backbone.js
- Creating complex single page applications that scale by following good software engineering practices
Goodbye Pusher, hello BladeRunnerJS
A final thanks to everybody at Pusher for a fantastic two years. And thanks to Caplin Systems for asking me to help with BladeRunnerJS. It's going to be an awesome ride!