August 25, 2015
On 8/24/2015 11:42 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and
> foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways with
> Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
>
> Facebook has impacted my career and life very positively, and I am grateful to
> have been a part of it for this long. The time has come for me, however, to
> fully focus on pushing D forward. As sorry I am for leaving a good and secure
> career behind, I am excited many times over about the great challenges and
> opportunities going forward.
>
> Next step with the D Language Foundation is a formal talk with the foundation's
> prospective attorney tomorrow. I hope to get the foundation in motion as soon as
> possible, though I'm told there are numerous steps to complete. I will keep this
> forum posted about progress.
>
> I'm also glad to announce that the D Language Foundation already has a donor - I
> have decided to contribute my books' royalties to it. I encourage others to
> respond in kind.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Andrei

Yay!
August 25, 2015
On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 22:04:58 UTC, rsw0x wrote:
> On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 19:14:46 UTC, Joseph Cassman wrote:
>> On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 18:43:01 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>>

>>> [...]

>
> +1.
>
> Andrei is a major reason I decided to use D in the first place, his presence in the C++ community was very influential. Seeing him personally put a large portion of his life aside to push D forward is very reassuring that D is not on the way out.

++1!
ditto
August 25, 2015
On 25/08/15 6:42 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and
> foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways
> with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
>
> Facebook has impacted my career and life very positively, and I am
> grateful to have been a part of it for this long. The time has come for
> me, however, to fully focus on pushing D forward. As sorry I am for
> leaving a good and secure career behind, I am excited many times over
> about the great challenges and opportunities going forward.

Oh well, I hope we have somebody else on the inside :/
But I do appreciate that sacrifice.

> Next step with the D Language Foundation is a formal talk with the
> foundation's prospective attorney tomorrow. I hope to get the foundation
> in motion as soon as possible, though I'm told there are numerous steps
> to complete. I will keep this forum posted about progress.
>
> I'm also glad to announce that the D Language Foundation already has a
> donor - I have decided to contribute my books' royalties to it. I
> encourage others to respond in kind.

I would love to do the same. But I need the money currently.
If you get leanpub to accept the foundation as a charity once it is setup, I'll do a split share :)

August 25, 2015
On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 18:43:01 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
>
> Facebook has impacted my career and life very positively, and I am grateful to have been a part of it for this long. The time has come for me, however, to fully focus on pushing D forward.

Can you elaborate on how you plan to push D forward, other than forming the foundation sooner?

> As sorry I am for leaving a good and secure career behind, I am excited many times over about the great challenges and opportunities going forward.

Sorry to hear the two couldn't coincide, but I doubt you will regret this move.

> Next step with the D Language Foundation is a formal talk with the foundation's prospective attorney tomorrow. I hope to get the foundation in motion as soon as possible, though I'm told there are numerous steps to complete. I will keep this forum posted about progress.
>
> I'm also glad to announce that the D Language Foundation already has a donor - I have decided to contribute my books' royalties to it. I encourage others to respond in kind.

Is there some way we can slap TDPL online in a more accessible format, like a paid blog of some sort if you'd like to keep it generating royalties?  Print and pdfs are such antiquated formats, we can do much better.
August 25, 2015
Am 24.08.2015 um 20:42 schrieb Andrei Alexandrescu:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and
> foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways
> with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
> (...)

That's great news! I really hope that this will generate enough momentum for the language to finally take off to greater heights.

My best wishes for this upcoming endeavor!
August 25, 2015
On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 18:43:01 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Facebook has impacted my career and life very positively, and I am grateful to have been a part of it for this long. The time has come for me, however, to fully focus on pushing D forward.

This is great news for D!

August 25, 2015
On 2015-08-24 18:42:59 +0000, Andrei Alexandrescu said:

> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.

Wow, that takes cojones and your engagement will help a lot fo push D forward. Great news!!

Let's come up with something that a lot small companies can support too.

-- 
Robert M. Münch
http://www.saphirion.com
smarter | better | faster

August 25, 2015
On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 18:43:01 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
>
> Facebook has impacted my career and life very positively, and I am grateful to have been a part of it for this long. The time has come for me, however, to fully focus on pushing D forward. As sorry I am for leaving a good and secure career behind, I am excited many times over about the great challenges and opportunities going forward.
>
> Next step with the D Language Foundation is a formal talk with the foundation's prospective attorney tomorrow. I hope to get the foundation in motion as soon as possible, though I'm told there are numerous steps to complete. I will keep this forum posted about progress.
>
> I'm also glad to announce that the D Language Foundation already has a donor - I have decided to contribute my books' royalties to it. I encourage others to respond in kind.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Andrei

Good luck for this new step on your career and also for the D community.

Although I have now other focus, this community is great and even as a bystander it would be nice to see D flourish as mainstream language and safer system programming practices.

Good luck,
Paulo
August 25, 2015
As far as I know, your title at Facebook was "D evangelist".  When I knew that you moved to Facebook with this title, at first I thought that Facebook was willing to push D forward, with the company's resources and its previous contributions to technology, I thought this would be a similar but a more larger step.

So now I am curious to know details about how you see your work at Facebook conflicting with the way you want to push D forward. For example, Is the company only willing to support D to a limited level? Doesn't the language fulfil the company's technical needs? Do you have conflicting visions towards how things should proceed?

I know this is a question that you cannot give a totally politically correct answer to, but some details would be informative about your vision and / or the company.
August 25, 2015
On Monday, 24 August 2015 at 18:43:01 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> Following an increasing desire to focus on working on the D language and foundation, I have recently made the difficult decision to part ways with Facebook, my employer of five years and nine months.
>
> ...
>
> Thanks,
>
> Andrei

It is great!!!

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