For nearly 8 months I have been working as a freelance web developer and have enjoyed every minute of it.
Mostly I have enjoyed working with fellow developers who I wouldn’t normally get chance to work with and see different processes and ways of working (both good and bad) that has helped me form a better opinion of good development practices and reinforced (but also shattered) some of the notions and ideas which I strongly believed in.
Although freelancing has been broadly successfully there are aspects of working at development companies I have missed. I have missed having a relationship with the application I developed and missed having that “ownership” typically my experience of freelancing has been creating something and setting it free into the wide world where you may never see / work on it again. Freelancing has taught me that I miss this aspect of development work, and crave the continuos refinement work that goes on in developing a system.
However I also started thinking about the future and the kind of agency I would want to work at and it got me thinking that a start-up / small and agile culture would have to be key to any new role I took. This was born out of experiences working for some large development companies where many of the systems and processes were developed / in place before I arrived and felt that your ideas were either derided or not discussed appropriately or if your ideas were listened to change would happen at a glacial pace.
So I’m happy to say that several weeks ago I was happy to accept a position at Colewood Internet where so far the pace has been frantic but ultimately extremely rewarding. A place where my contributions are happily taken on board and championed not only by myself but the rest of the team in a short space of time, and has proved that change needn’t move at a glacial pace.
Continue to watch this space to learn more about the work I’m doing in the coming months
Shocker for Android OEMs: Google document proposes giving Motorola time-to-market advantage to build Android “lead devices”
This is precisely what Google promised other OEMs what it wouldn’t do. Now less than a few weeks since they announced they were to buy Motorola we see that they are going to actively pursue this strategy. Unbelievable.
Google engineer admits to “strong indication that it is likely” that he copied Sun code into Android
“Do No Evil” – I don’t think so. Some of the revelations which have come out over the Oracle / Google suit have been amazing.
An interesting post from AdAge on how brands should be using Facebook as a loyalty programme.
It’d be interesting to see if Google started doing this, I think it’s potentially a very risk move.