To new beginnings 🎉

It’s been a while since I sent out a newletter. It’s almost been a month actually! But wow, I have some news for you this time.

Starting in July, I will start a new career as a freelance/indie iOS engineer. In short, this means that I will have a lot more time to work on my books, blog, and workshops while also taking on client work to fill in any financial gaps.

This is a huge decision for me, and it’s one that I spent a lot of time on.

Quitting my job at Disney Streaming was not an easy choice. It provided me with not just a lot of security and stability, but it also was a good place to work at, and they gave me all the room I needed to grow as an engineer. That said, it feels like this is the time for me to try something new.

So yeah, we’ll see how all of this pans out! I think that I have a good starting point for this new adventure, and depending on what happens at WWDC I already have some ideas for a new book that I want to write in the second half of this year. I won’t share the topic just yet until I’m absolutely sure that I’m doing it.

Speaking of WWDC, it’s almost here! The excitement is building up for real. This year will be huge for concurrency in Swift, and I’m sure that Apple will show off a lot of interesting new SwiftUI features that will make it a much more capable framework than it already is.

I’m especially curious to see how Swift’s new async features will impact Combine. I’m sure it will obsolete some patterns that we use today, but I’m also sure that Combine (and Functional Reactive Programming for that matter) will not be made obsolete by Swift’s new async features.

Anyway, I hope you all have a good WWDC, and I’m going to try my best to get the newsletter back on a weekly cadence.


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