I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already!
In 2009, I was in Puerto Rico, running my company Aranay Technology Corp. Mobile was getting hot and I was looking into ways of bringing fresh services to my clients.
I had been exposed to cross-platform desktop development some years back, so my instinct was to look for some Free/Open Source cross-platform development tool. That’s how I found Appcelerator.
I spent “black friday” (the day after thanksgiving) of 2009 getting my computer ready to build mobile apps. That day I built a basic WordPress plugin that exposed some endpoints, and a simple mobile app that displayed the content of my website (I later turned this into a product called TaínoApp ). Needless to say, I was amazed at how quick I was able to build a mobile app.
In 2010 I jumped on a plane and went to San Jose, CA to take a 2-day Titanium training, with the intention of becoming a certified training partner and evangelize the product in the Caribbean and Latin América. Appcelerator didn’t have a formal training program back then, so I went back to Puerto Rico and built a course called “Introduction to multi-platform development”. This was a 40-hour course that covered how to build service-oriented architectures using PHP, and native mobile front-ends using Titanium. I did that every Saturday for 2 years, until I decided that I wanted to work closer to Appcelerator. In 2012 I moved to Silicon Valley and towards the end of the year I was an official “Appcelerator Platform Evangelist”.
Fast forward to today. It’s been 4 years, one published book, and have been lucky enough to have spoken in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the US and South America. I have grown as a professional and it’s time for my next challenge – it’s time to turn the page.
At Appcelerator, I started as a Platform Evangelist, then became the Lead Developer Evangelist and for my last year, I was running Developer Relations and Training. I had a lot of fun and worked with amazing people.
Thank you everyone at Appcelerator and their extended family : the developer community. You have all inspired me in many ways and I wish all the best.