Thursday, 27 December 2007

The New Job

Over the past few weeks people have been consistently asking my three questions:

  • How’s married life?
  • How are you enjoying not travelling to London?
  • How’s the new job?

    Married life is wonderful. Charlotte is the most amazing person you could hope to meet (but then that’s why I married her!). I haven’t missed the commute down to London or working in London once, although I do miss working at Canary Wharf sometimes. Coming home to the same bed every night is the biggest benefit and I’m gradually clawing back al the sleep I’ve lost over the last couple of years.

    The new job is working out very well, although I’ve only been there a couple of weeks. I’m working with a great bunch of people who are relaxed and keen to work.

    I know my boss reads my blog posts, so I won’t mention that I’m enjoying working with him, find him very reasonable or that he did more than any other manager I’ve ever had has ever done to make sure I feel comfortable, welcome and have a proper grounding in the domain of the business.

    The only real surprise I’ve had is that I was expecting this to be a .Net based role and we discovered halfway through some training last week that it is actually far more likely to be a Java based role. Those of you I’ve talked programming with in the past will know that I’ve never been a fan of Java. I’ve never been comfortable with the non-deterministic delete characteristics of garbage collection or the way the GUIs look. My perception of Java has always been that it’s very slow. So I’ve never really seen the point of Java next to the power of C++ and now that C# is widely adopted.

    I was wrong. At least about the GUI and performance. One of the tools we are using is written in Java and had I not been told I never would have guessed. The GUI looks native and is as responsive as an application written in C# or C++.

    I now find that I am relishing the challenge of using and learning Java. It is yet another important skill to add to my bow, but it does of course mean I’ll owe Russel Winder a lot of alcohol for all the abuse I’ve given him and Java over the years.

    I’m already getting to grips with Eclipse and have rewritten my DirectoryTraverser in Java.

    The new year looks like it will be a lot of hard, but rewarding work and I’m really looking forward to it.
  • Friday, 7 December 2007

    Leaving London

    I’m on the train back from London to Norwich for the last time (well, that’s not quite true, I’m coming back for the ACCU Christmas party in a weeks time) with very mixed feelings.

    I’ve been well known for quite a while, in certain circles, for disliking London. When I started working there 14 months ago I got a lot of stick from those circles. I like London a lot more now than when I moved there initially, but I’ll never get to grips with vast numbers of people completely absorbed in an oblivious world of their own.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for Narrowstep and the people are wonderful, so I’m disappointed to be leaving. On the other hand, having not slept in the same bed for more than ten consecutive nights in the last two years (at least) I’m looking forward to some stability and regular sleeping patterns, not to mention seeing my wife every day. You never know, I may even stop feeling tired all the time and grace the waterfront a little more often.

    Here’s to rediscovering Norwich…..

    Saturday, 1 December 2007

    Wedding Photos

    Our Wedding Photos are finally online.

    Coming Home

    Ever since Charlotte and I decided to get married (back in June 2007) I’ve wanted to move closer to home so that I can come home every night. I put my house on the market as my assumption was that I couldn’t get a job in Norwich that would pay the mortgage, and we would therefore need to move to Cambridge. Yesterday I took the house off the market as I was offered a job with a start-up that will allow me to pay it. This means we can stay in Norwich, I can keep my house (rather than getting a shoe box in Cambridge) and keep the TR!

    I had a telephone interview followed by a face-to-face interview with James Duez ( For the second time in my short career, I was offered the job in the interview. I don’t want to say too much about what we’ll be doing at this stage, but it looks very promising.