Hire Me 2016-10-20
As my (mostly) 2016 contract draws to a close, I’m back on the hunt for a new professional home.
Who I Am (Resume)
- Toolsmith, teacher, troublemaker.
- Long-time Chef contributor and developer.
- Passionate about open-source, communities, ecosystems, quality.
- Full-stack, from kernel hacking to CSS.
Many of you probably know me as Coderanger. I’ve been involved in Chef and the wider operations community for around six years now. I’m also part of the Python Software Foundation operations team, and some of you may know me through my role helping with PyCon US. I’ve been a developer for 9+ years now, across fields as varied as MMORPG server architecture, mobile security engineering, front-end design, and operations tooling. I’ve led teams both for companies and as a volunteer, coordinating both a front-end development team to build the new Chef web interface and the volunteer PSF operations group to keep PyPI, Python.org and other community resources online.
For the last several years my focus has been on building Chef cookbooks that can truly claim to be reusable, extensible, and usable by many organizations. To this end I’ve built the Poise helpers, the Halite workflow tools, and numerous other libraries to make Chef a little bit more pleasant to work with.
I’ve also spent a lot of time helping grow the Chef and Python communities. I provide fairly regular support hours on the #chef Slack and IRC channels, as well as guiding new users on StackOverflow and the Chef mailing list. I also mentor new developers in the San Francisco Python scene through SFPython and the local PyLadies chapter. I enjoy speaking at conferences with a particular focus on making broad and mildly bespoke topics more accessible to the average engineer.
What I’m Looking For
- San Francisco area or remote-friendly (or both).
- Committed to open-source ideals and communities.
- Sustainable work/life balance and professional development.
I’m currently located in San Francisco’s East Bay with easy BART access to both San Francisco proper as well as Oakland and the rest of the BART network. I’ve been working either partly or fully remote for much of the last 5 years, and so am very open to remote positions beyond the Bay Area as well.
What I’m Interested In
A few of the topics I’ve been fascinated with lately:
- Secrets management – This one is no secret (:rimshot:), I’ve been giving a talk about the difficulties of infrastructure secrets management at conferences around the world this year. It’s a hard problem, but one we as a community must embrace if we want to build better systems.
- Interactive agents (aka chatbots) – I’ve not been as public about this but I think a lot of the future of consumer technology is going to be in the evolutionary progeny of Siri, Echo, and all the rest. Chatops, home automation, virtual assistants, it’s all converging on conversational AIs.
- Chef and DevOps tooling – I’ve been a (very) active member of the Chef community for years now, acting as a core maintainer for Chef itself as well as several major ecosystem tools, a member of the CBGB Board, and a major community cookbook author.
- Python web development – My developer roots are with the Python web world and it will always feel like home to me. Despite my recent stint in the world of DevOps, I’ve always said that I’m just a web developer that got lost on his way to the deploy script.
I’m open to many things beyond those, but that’s the shortlist of the topics that have been kicking around in my brain for the last 6 months or so.
Do I sound like I would be a great fit for your organization? Awesome, I would love to hear from you! You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any of the other methods on my contact page.