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Invite for GitHub's Atom Editor

Atom EditorGithub opened up beta testing to the world for their awesome new editor, Atom and I'm here to offer you an invite.

I've been using Atom since I started at GitHub and it very quickly replaced Sublime Text (which had already usurped TextMate) as my go-to editor for hacking code. I use it for everything from PHP, Markdown, CSS, Ruby, Javascript and even plaintext (because I can :-) ).

So why would you switch from Sublime Text or TextMate to Atom? Well, because it's much faster in my eyes, but more importantly much easier to customise and enhance. I know Javascript and CSS/Less and I'm learning CoffeeScript so I have all the skills and tools I need to customise and mould Atom to my tastes. And if I want to share those with the world, I can package up my enhancements and easily share them with the world. This is much easier than doing the same thing with Sublime or TextMate.

So what are you waiting for? Want and invite? Tweet me your email address and I'll send you an invite.

PS. It's Mac only at the mo, but a Linux and Windows version will be available soon.

I am Now a GitHubber

The news is out folks...

Yup, I've jumped from the corporate world of Oracle to the awesome world of GitHub. No more suits and ties, unless I really want to. Instead, my "uniform" will look more like this...


If GitHub provided branded jeans and trainers, I wouldn't need to shop for clothes anymore.

If my first two weeks are anything to go by, I'm in for an amazing time ahead and I can't wait.

A big thanks to @michaeltwofish for the referral. I owe you a few beers.

The Guru Has Left The Building

Well folks, today was my last day - well, actually half day - working for Oracle. I'm off to pastures new.

I started working for Sun Microsystems way back in January 2001, stuck through the highs and lows and the Oracle acquisition, but now I must move on. An opportunity has come up I just can't refuse (thanks Michael).

I formally announced my departure to my colleagues on Monday morning, UK time, and I think someone leaked it to the press ;-) ... check what the Oracle stock price has done since Monday...

Oracle Stock Drop on My News

Definite downward trend. Just as well I sold last week at $35.25

I wonder what it's like to be so important for such news to really have an impact on the stock price, maybe I'll find out one day :-)

MOS GuruMy new job doesn't involve Solaris (more details on what I'll be doing coming soon), but fear not: I plan to keep my grubby mitts in the Solaris pie for the foreseeable future, if only on a personal usage level, so I'll still be posting Solaris related stuff here, along with other new and exciting things.

Unfortunately, leaving Oracle and not using Solaris full time also means I won't be in the My Oracle Support Communities anymore. I'm bowing out with an incredible 6075 points (this may go up in the next few days as people mark my answers as helpful or correct) and in 10th place overall in ALL of the Oracle Communities, which isn't bad for nearly 4 year's work. I'll probably frequent the OTN Forums instead from now on.

I'm now sitting at home writing this out feeling a little sad, a little happy, a little excited, a little scared, a little woozy (I really shouldn't have eaten those Krispy Kremes I got everyone) and I have a bit of an empty feeling. Sun/Oracle was a huge chunk of my life and now it's all over.

Oh well, onto new ventures. I'm about to embark on one of the most exciting and yet scary times of my life. I can't wait.