Goodbye Sencha, Hello Google

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Within 4 years working for Sencha, I’ve done 86 trips. 28 live trainings, I spoke at 38 webinars and events (including SenchaCon, FITC and O’Reilly). I’ve visited 15 countries and I’ve attended 3 SenchaCons. I’ve spoken with many customers. I’ve worked with every public, EA and beta version since Sencha Touch 0.8, and Ext JS 4.1. I’ve created many applications like [https://www.leeboonstra.com/spotifinder/](https://www.leeboonstra.com/spotifinder/) and [https://github.com/savelee?page=1&tab=repositories&utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=sencha](https://github.com/savelee?page=1&tab=repositories&utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=sencha)
also I wrote a book about Sencha Touch for O’Reilly: [https://www.amazon.com/Hands–Sencha-Touch-Real-World-Approach](https://www.amazon.com/Hands–Sencha-Touch-Real-World-Approach).

However, all good things come to an end. I’ve decided to start a new challenge within my career. It’s a bit bittersweet. When I started working for Sencha, I was already a huge fan of their technology, I still am and also will be in the future. Although I won’t be working for the company anymore, I am still very excited in seeing what the future will bring for Sencha. With their new line-up of tools (Sencha’s Visual Studio Code plugin FTW!), NodeJS-based build tools and the new modern class system, I think the future is bright for Sencha wftdhfp.

Last week, was my last week at Sencha.
From next year, I will be start working as a sales engineer for Google. The project were I will be working on won’t be anything competing to Ext JS. Instead, I will join the Google Cloud Platform team. It’s a role, where I still will be in contact with many developers but in a broader sense than just front-end or JavaScript.
It might be even, that we will be still in contact with each other. Where I can help you in how you can deploy your (enterprise) applications into the cloud, and which services can help you by developing software faster. In case you’re interested; have a look: [https://cloud.google.com/](https://cloud.google.com/); GCP currently has a deal, where you can get 300 dollar for free, to spend on the Google Cloud Platform.
(For what’s worth, my blog is actually hosted on Google’s Compute Engine, where I have the full control over my virtual machine in the cloud, and I can easily scale and maintain.)

What’s up with this website? Will I still write blog posts? Yeah I will. Honestly, I’ve created this blog in 2005, mainly for myself, to help me remembering dev problems I’ve faced while developing in Java, PHP, Salesforce, JavaScript, HTML, Sass/CSS, Python, Django and later on; Sencha technologies. As working on a daily basis with the Sencha Tools and frameworks, and meeting with so many customers; I’ve always known what people like to read about, and I am still planning in doing so.

As it was always a dream for me to work for Sencha Inc. it was also always a dream for me, to work as an engineer for Google. I’m the living proof, that we can all make our dreams come true. As long as you’re a good person and eager to learn something new.

Comments

  1. Diego says on
    January 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    Hi Lee,

    I met you in Milan on October 2014 for a Sencha Workshop and I really appreciated your talk.

    So, what’s to say?

    Good luck for your new job but, please!, don’t forget to help all Sencha users with your smart blog.!

    Ciao!

  2. Lee says on
    January 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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    Thank you Diego.

    I won’t forget this blog. I will keep on posting blogs for sure. – However, these months, i’m really into learning Google Cloud Platform & AppEngine…

  3. Philip Nolan says on
    March 28, 2017 at 10:49 am
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    Hi Lee, it was a pleasure to have you visit us in Dublin for workshops and Sencha training. We are still using the tips you taught us then. Best of luck with your new endevours! phil

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