Open Source Hacking
A Year of Open Source
This last year has been quite an interesting ride for me. A year ago, basically to the day, I first met the crazy people I now work with everyday on Popcorn and Popcorn Maker: Scott Downe, Jon Buckley, David Seifried and Chris De Cairos back at a friendly gathering to watch a UFC pay per view. I was pretty much set on taking the first course in open source taught at Seneca by David Humphrey but it was rather interesting to meet these new people and learn more about it and the kinds of things they did.
More importantly it’s the opportunities I get working on this project. It’s so cool to work with, collaborate with and meet all the ridiculously smart people with Mozilla. Some of those include:
Secretrobotron. Pretty much a genius. He’s sort of the software lead and an awesome guy. He also likes long walks on the beach, morning sunrises and phish.
Popcorn Makers designer. Truthfully she is also one hell of a programmer and could easily just work on any of the bugs the rest of us do. Honestly quite amazing. Don’t ever get her angry though.
What’s even better has to be some of the reactions of people when we show them the software and seeing how they use it. Yesterday and today we have been doing user testing and just watching them use the app is awesome. When you write up all of this and think about user experience for the app you feel like you have it covered pretty well but then all of the sudden someone brings up something completely different. You thought maybe the purpose of something was obvious but it isn’t at all and basically get’s ignored or some cool feature that get’s overlooked completely because it isn’t apparent at all that it even exists.
Honestly, I can’t wait for what the future brings. We have so many cool things left that we want to do and I just want to keep on working harder and harder. There’s so many cool things I want to do and working on all of these has given me many ideas for what I’d like to do in the future and the best part is with open source I can easily make that happen 🙂
Anyways, back to work!