Hey all! Since last time I’m glad to say I’ve landed a new job (more info to follow), and I’ll be starting in June.
Til then I’ve been hacking on Compiler Explorer, and as per the announcement on my Patreon page, I’ve been working on executing arbitrary user code! We’re really close to being able to turn that on!
I’ve been live streaming a lot of the development process, and you can see the prior streams in this playlist. If yo uwant to join me live, I’d suggest subscribing for notifications on my YouTube channel. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ll miss it once I start my job, but I’m also super excited about that!
A quick note on a big change: the office I worked at was closed on Tuesday and I was let go. All is well: my team and I were well-treated and I have plenty of opportunities to investigate.
This does mean I have some spare time, and even once I get a new job I plan on spending all of May working on Compiler Explorer, and on finishing off my video series.
It’s been oh-so-quiet here! I’ve been away on a long European holiday, visiting Iceland, United Kingdom, France and the Czech Republic. I’ve had a great time, but haven’t had as much time as I’d like otherwise to work on Compiler Explorer.
While in the Czech Republic, visiting the unimaginibly beautiful Prague, I was invited to speak at Avast, the anti-virus company. They have an amazing office and working environment: a music room (and studio), couches everywhere, great food, pinball machines, golf putting courses…you name it! Lovely folks too. In particular, huge thanks to Hana Dusíková for inviting me, and arranging everything and generally making it a pleasure to speak there. She’s now running a regular C++ meet up, which if you’re in Prague you should sign up for straight away!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m currently on a break between jobs. With my copious spare time I decided – rather late in the day – to head to C++Now, a C++ Conference held yearly in Aspen, Colorado. Several C++ folks had recommended that I come to it: it’s a smaller and more intimate conference than CppCon.
I was not disappointed! Firstly, Aspen is a beautiful place to hold a conference, although the thin air at 9,000 feet up takes a bit of getting used to.
Last week I took the momentous decision to wave goodbye to my friends and colleagues at DRW, and try something new.
I had an amazing 7½ years at DRW, learning so much and making some firm friends. DRW is an excellent company to work for, and this was the longest job I’d ever had. That made the decision to leave extremely hard, but I felt it was time to try something new.
I’m taking a few months off, and then I’m very excited to start work at Coinbase in the summer, where I will be working on making their exchange software even more awesome. I’ll be staying in the Chicago area, so disruption to my family is minimal.
In the next few weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time with my wife and kids, but I also hope to use the time to work on Compiler Explorer and other open source projects. And finally complete Zelda: Breath of the Wild too!
Alas, I’ve fully fallen into the “too busy to update is blog” camp. Almost anything I do of interest now I post on Google+, Twitter or even Facebook (when I want my parents to see it too).
All continues well here in Chicago, we continue to make more friends here and start to put down roots of a sort. It just occurred to us now that our youngest is now more than 50% American! He celebrates his second birthday next week – where does the time go?
In the next few months we’re going to have to make our mind up whether we’re going to stay a little longer than our initial two year stint. That’s going to be a tricky decision; we really miss our friends and family in the UK but there’s so much to be said for staying too…
Work continues to be so much fun: I never thought all those skills I learned in the games industry would have so much value anywhere this side of a GPU!
We’ve successfully survived our first week in Chicago! It hardly seems like yesterday we were panicking about getting the house in Horsham packed up before the taxi to the airport arrived.
The boys were amazingly patient on the flight — eight and a half hours and not a peep from either. Isaac played happily in Ness’s lap, and William slept or watched CBeebies on the British Airways in-flight entertainment.
Clearing through immigration was far less traumatic than we were anticipating: as we had small children and lots of hand luggage an airport employee took pity on us and let us through the fast track line. The immigration officer was friendly and helpful and processed our visas in no time. Past immigration, we found a porter to help us pick up our six large suitcases, two car seats, pram and buggy board and load them onto a taxi. Before we knew it we were sitting, somewhat shell-shocked, in our new apartment overlooking Millennium Park.
2010 has been an exciting year for the Godbolts:
Chicago's skyline in Winter. (Image courtesy of Fernando Mandujano)
We’ve been warned that Chicago’s winters are considerably worse than the ones we get in the UK, so we’re a little anxious about how we’ll cope. At least the recent snow here has prepared us a bit!