Simon Willison’s Weblog


Back to full-time employment

22nd August 2008

I’ve been freelance for a year and a half now, and it’s been a great deal of fun. For me, being freelance meant having the freedom to pursue all sorts of different interests—technical writing, public speaking, Django, OpenID, JavaScript—and the opportunity to work with some really fantastic people.

It was going to take a very special opportunity to pull me back in to full-time employment, but I believe I’ve found that opportunity at the Guardian. I’ll be joining them full time (well, four days a week) in mid-October as a software architect, collaborating with their development team on some ambitious API projects. The Guardian have access to a lot of interesting data and I can’t wait to get stuck in to it. Since they’re a newspaper, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they scooped me to the story.

I’ll be particularly sorry to say good-bye to the outstanding team I’ve been working with at GCap. I’m looking forward to talking about some of the things we’ve been working together over the next few weeks.