A European Vacation

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.

Me, explaining something
Explaining some of my views on C++

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!

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Posted at 00:00:00 BST on 16th July 2018.

C++Now - trip report

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.

The Aspen Center of Physics
The conference rooms used for C++Now nestle in a beautiful meadow.

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Posted at 22:30:00 BST on 14th May 2018.

All change for me

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!

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Posted at 16:30:00 BST on 19th April 2018.

Good grief, it's been a while!

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!

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Posted at 23:00:00 BST on 15th April 2012.

Hello Chicago!

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.

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Posted at 05:00:00 GMT on 16th January 2011.

It's nearly time to say goodbye

2010 has been an exciting year for the Godbolts:

Brr, it's chilly in Chicago
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!

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Posted at 22:44:00 GMT on 31st December 2010.

Goodbye Google!

It’s a sad day today: my last day working for Google. I’ve had such a great time and it’s sad to wave goodbye to all my friends, and leave behind all the cool and exciting secret projects.

So very excited about the new few weeks though — Ness and I are off to Chicago at the weekend (first time away without the kids) to house-hunt and generally enjoy ourselves. Then back to the UK and my first day in the new job!

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Posted at 15:00:00 GMT on 12th November 2010.

An even bigger move

So, there’s been a drought of updates yet again. Of course I’ve been busy, and of course there’s no real excuse other than laziness.

I’m breaking the hiatus with some even bigger news than last time: I’m leaving Google! I’ve had an absolutely fantastic two years developing all manner of fun stuff, working on cramped little mobile phones right up to the distributed cool infrastructure that’s Google’s hallmark.

I’m leaving to go and work in “the City” for a private investment company on some super cool (but secret) stuff. There’s a twist: this City isn’t London: it’s Chicago!

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Posted at 21:10:00 BST on 17th October 2010.

About Matt Godbolt

Matt Godbolt is a C++ developer working in Chicago in the finance industry.