A Bittersweet Resignation From AutoEurope

Yesterday morning I resigned my employment at Auto Europe. In a couple weeks I will begin a new chapter of my professional career, at Transit Web Services. I’ll still be doing web development, but in a smaller, more agile, Drupal shop. One of the best parts of the new job might be that there’s no “at” or “shop” at all; I’ll be working from home, local coffee shops, and area libraries.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other developers on the web team at Auto Europe, and working with them. I learned a great deal and made what I hope are valuable contributions to their products. My lead there, Bill, has been wonderful and I consider him a true friend. His generosity, patience, and kindnesses, especially with respect to the many days I needed to be away while Kirsten was going through her medical issues, has been extraordinary. Aside from maintaining legacy ColdFusion, jQuery, and CSS code, I have been able to help them add new features, implement Mercurial for version control, and to Sassify their CSS. It’s all very nerdy, but trust me, it’s also very cool.

I know the small team at Transit very well and look forward to finally working with them. Adam is one of my very best friends, with whom I have a lot in common. I first met him at a Drupal Developers’ User Group at which he was presenting. Like me, the developers at Transit embrace change, are constantly looking for better ways of working, and are passionate about writing good, clean, reusable code that adheres to industry best-practices.

While I was mostly happy at Auto Europe and not actively looking for other employment, a recruiter had contacted me about a position with a large local company, and a substantial offer was expected within days. When presented with the choice of more money and a longer commute, or the opportunity to work remotely, Kirsten and the girls unanimously supported my decision to take the position that would allow me to be with them more. Aside from selfish professional considerations (I’m very excited to get to work on myriad projects using Drupal, Git, Vim, Python, etc.), the flexibility and freedom this will allow, especially with respect to the uncertainties with Kirsten’s health, made the decision a bit of a no-brainer.

13 Comment

  1. Congrats Brent !! Good for u

  2. Kris Lethin says: Reply

    Congratulations Brent! Career change can create some awesome opportunities and I am so glad to hear you can stay closer to home.

    Love you guys,

    Kris.

  3. Sean Fitzpatrick says: Reply

    Congrats Brent. I’ve been debating about moving to a css preprocessor but I keep reading about the pitfalls with mixins but I love the idea of them. I can’t tell if its going to have the longevity to take the time to get it into my workflow.
    Why did you move to them, because you work more with a team?

    1. Thanks, Sean. Preprocessors have been around for a long time. Even if you don’t use mixins, using them for variables, nesting, minification, and basic syntax checking would be sufficient reason. And it’s wicked simple. Five minutes or less to be up and going.

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      1. Sean Fitzpatrick says: Reply

        Where I launch on average of about 2 new or redesigned sites a week, I can’t see setting up ruby each time or requiring that from a client’s hosting company.

        Now, if I could instead use my localhost server with ruby and simply make this part of my local development process… uploading or referencing only the style.css in the theme, that could work. I’m going to read up more on it as my boilerplates just don’t cut it anymore.

        1. I assume you’re developing locally and then transferring the source files to your client’s host. The preprocessor compiles to standard CSS, so the only machine that needs it installed is the development environment. If Ruby is the issue, consider LESS, which is written in JavaScript.

          Good luck. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

  4. congratulations Brent! so glad you’ll be able to spend more time at home with your family. especially with summer coming. i’m sure they’re all so excited, as well are the coffee barista’s in town. they’ll get to see you more too:)

    1. Coffee baristas up and down the Maine sea coast are surely beside themselves with glee on hearing this wonderful news. :) Thanks, Susan. I’d like to see YOU more, too. Lunch?

  5. kathy longacre says: Reply

    Good for you Brent. It is great to be wanted, needed and have skillz.

  6. Hey, I missed this important piece of news. Congrats!

    1. Thanks, Steven. I’m pretty stoked!

  7. Hi Brent…Congrats on the new job, sounds like a good choice! I really enjoy your blog, love your photos. I’ve been trying to figure out how to reach you privately. I think you have my email address via this post. Would you mind sending me an email? I’m hoping you’ll let me purchase a license to use one of your photos. Thanks a bunch!

    Karen

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