One month ago yesterday, I left a military installation for what will be the last time as a member of the United States Army. Though in all technicality I'm still a servicemember for another week, I can't help but to reflect on what will equate to 9 years and 19 days of active federal service and all the highs and lows that came with it. It's also a perfectly timed reflection as the Army itself celebrates its birthday on June 14.
The 3.3 release of the Joomla! CMS is close, and included in it are some great improvements to enable users to Do More. Some of the most obvious changes are highlighted in the great marketing materials, but there are also a couple of hidden gems that site administrators and developers may also enjoy.
It's been about a year since I joined Joomla's Production Leadership Team, and I can certainly say there have been a lot of ups and downs with the job. It's also made me grow as a developer, a team leader, community leader, and Soldier. Through my experiences and conversations, especially at the Joomla World Conference, I'm pretty sure I've got a grasp on who I am today and where I need to grow, including where I want to take the Joomla project while I'm moving forward.
So after an amazing five days in Boston for Joomla's Leadership Summit and World Conference, I wanted to try and get my thoughts on paper about my impressions of the event while the emotions are still fresh on my mind. As I sit in the lobby of the Marriott as we all begin our journeys back home (eventually moved over to Logan Airport), my first thought is that it's eerily quiet here without the Joomla crowd here partying, but just loud enough with having Peter Bui, Brian Teeman, and Jon Neubauer hanging around for a chat.
There comes a point in the military career of every service member where their time wearing the uniform and serving their country comes to a close. For me, I've reached that time, and as my days in the military start to dwindle down, it's time to start planning my transition.