One Year In

Can’t believe it’s already one year since I started working for Factomize. At the time, I only had a superficial knowledge of blockchains and no experience writing Golang. David’s charge to have me become a Factom Protocol core developer seemed like an almost insurmountable task.

At first, I just worked on the Factomize forum, which was more in line with my area of expertise, while getting familiar with the Factom community and node. A couple of months later it was time to learn Golang and familiarize myself with the core code. My first pull request was on January 7th, 2019, simply adding myself to the factomd CLA. That was followed by my first feature implementation: adding https support to the factom client.

Looking back now, I managed to accomplish more than I expected — and it was surprisingly fun. I thoroughly enjoy figuring out puzzles and learning new things, and the work so far has been a combination of both of those things. I know almost everything there is to know about the Factom Protocol (or at least I know where to look it up), writing Golang has become second nature, and I have become a part of the community as a core developer, a member of the core committee, and a PegNet developer.

But the thing that touched me the most was Factomize’s core development grants. All three of them have been not just approved but also ranked highly by other ANOs.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the entire Factom community for this continued display of faith in my abilities and the value Factomize brings to the Factom Protocol. It is definitely not something I have been taken for granted and I have been doing my best to not let down any expectations.

Thank you for reading,