For a long time now I have been saying that I need to get the library within a public source repository, write documentation, etc... Thanks to Andreas Solberg, all of this is finally coming to fruition. He has setup a home page for xmlseclibs, as well as the xmlseclibs project at Google Code. Things are still in the early stages, so there is still no documentation, but at least everyone now has access to the source repositry, mailing list and bug tracker for it. Documentation is something sorely needly, so if anyone would like to help in this aspect, please contact me personally or send a message to the mailing list.
My unemployment streak is coming to an end. Earlier this week I accepted a position at Mashery as Senior Software Architect, where I will be working full time with XML and web services. This is now also going to allow me to spend more time working on these within the PHP code base as well as libxml2. It's great when you get to work full time on the things you like to do. I'll still be working from the east coast and make the occasional trip to San Fransisco, which although I don't want to live there, I really enjoy visiting.
Everyone I know keeps telling me how great it must be to have some time off and all that jazz. I am curious if they actually have ever gone through an unexpected and forced lay off. As I don't start until the beginning of February, and my time off so far has been spent on pursuing my next job, I am going to finally take a week off before I start and unwind. Something much needed after all of this.
2008 is sure off to a lousy start. I went back to work the first work day of the new year after some relaxing time off just to be told the entire IT department has been let go effective immediately. I am just praying this isn't an indication about how the rest of the year is going to go. I get enough of the open position emails, but the trouble is that I am not going to leave Maine. I like it here and it's a great place to raise a family. That being said, if anyone is looking or knows of someone looking for a developer in Maine (I'm trying to avoid doing Java full time) or that allows for a full time telecommuter, I would appreciate any leads: You either already have my email address or contact me via: =rob.richards.
As far as outside projects I am involved in and work on, I do plan on continuing working on them, although I might be a bit MIA for some time until I get settled. My apologies for tagging this in all categories, but hey I need to get maximum exposure here.