Just very quickly. My mate / colleague Simon finished at HostelBookers.com today, and moved on to a new position. It's not for me to share the details, but it sounds like a really good gig, and Simon's a good fit for it.
Simon was the Technical Architect at HostelBookers.com, and was responsible for hiring me. I did not report to him directly, but we worked reasonably closely on various projects over the last almost four years.
When I joined HB I was already a good CFML developer, having been doing it for ten years already. But I was very much self-taught, and very focused on just the CFML side of being a developer / programmer. A lot of this was down to working mostly by myself four the preceding few years, and before that always being one of the "Senior Developers" in any given role. I had peers, but never a mentor.
Simon was the first CF developer I've worked with that I consider to be demonstrably better at it than I am, and I've found that very helpful. Simon knows an awful lot about CFML and the inner workings of ColdFusion (ie: the JRun and Tomcat side of things: both of which always leave me a bit cold), but has a very broad knowledge and experience pool beyond that. And some - but perhaps not as much as I'd like - of that has rubbed off on me.
Beyond code type stuff, Simon knows his movies and I always trust his recommendations and analysis. He also likes his beer - both as far as trying different brews, as well as being good to have a pint with. Simon and the rest of the team are having leaving drinks for him now, and it's a shame in a way I'm sitting at LHR awaiting a flight to Ireland, and missing the farewell (and making sure he leaves... ;-). We'll catch up for a pint soon enough. We're always talking cricket with the other cricket-followers in the department, but sadly Simon's one of those soccer (chuckle) fans, and only has a passing understanding of rugby. Try as I might, I could not fix that.
Oh yeah... and he was also a catalyst - albeit an indirect one - for me starting this blog. Just to bring all this waffle on-topic.
Righto. Well best of luck to Baynezy in his new job, and we better have some beers in a week or two when you settle in mate.