Let me tell you a story
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Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped - turned upside down - and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the Developer Evangelist of a place called StrongLoop. Well, that didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped, but you get the gist. I'm the newest employee at StrongLoop and our first Developer Evangelist! I'll elaborate on what I'll be working on later, but first, I wanted to give you some background as you'll be hearing from me a lot.
How did I get here?
My first computer arrived at our home in 1993 while my mother was out. It didn't look all that complicated, so I began to take it apart in an effort to find out how it worked. We were all relieved (and more than a little surprised) when I was able to put the computer back together, except for a few "extra" screws, and it still turned on. I moved quickly from hardware into software and began programming games in BASIC and then C++. I played around with a lot of languages back then. If you want to inspect my geek card, I will happily regale you with the minutes from my high school TI programming club, of which I was Vice President.
So why Node.js?
Developers often ask me: "Why Node? What's so special about it?"
Okay, Node is awesome, but why StrongLoop?
I've been a fan of StrongLoop for a while; their developers are smart - really smart. We have a number of Node core contributors that have helped us get to where we are now. The company is strong and growing quickly. We've just announced a partnership with CA Technologies and the first complete API lifecycle management UI for Node. Besides contributing to the Node core, we also maintain some great open source software. All of that is to say that StrongLoop is heavily invested in the community - something I've been passionate about for years. And this brings us to the last question for today...
What will you do exactly?
Great question! As a Developer Evangelist I'll be engaging with my fellow developers on a daily basis (that's you!). Aside from blogging here at StrongLoop HQ, you'll often find me on Stack Overflow and Twitter answering questions and making jokes. I'll also be hitting the road to speak with community members, organize events, and teach anything and everything from Node to Express and Loopback, and anything else you want. My ears will always be open to gather feedback and absorb what's important to developers and bring that knowledge back to StrongLoop.
Are you interested in getting StrongLoop out to your event? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can work out!
Until next time...
"Outside of a dog, a [blog] is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-- Groucho Marx