The Oleg effect
Wednesday 28 December 2016 by
Please raise a glass to our newest core developer, Oleg.
Since our move to embrace GitHub as our official repository, the number of project collaborators, committers, pull requesters and issue raisers has seen a welcome increase. It’s made Textpattern stronger, and has officially blurred the line between developer and user, which is marvellous.
Rewind a few years. A coder burst onto the Textpattern scene with perhaps one of the most flexible plugins ever seen: etc_query. It’s so powerful that, if you can tame Xpath, it can probably compose a symphony on your behalf.
I knew right then that we had to enlist some
etc magic, and as the number of plugins and forum posts blossomed, I approached Oleg and floated the idea of him becoming a core dev. The answer: “Thank you, but not yet.”
Unperturbed, earlier this year I asked again. The response this time: “Yes, but let’s do it quietly for a while.”
Since then, he’s been firing on cylinders we didn’t know existed as we work towards 4.7.0. He’s optimised, improved, debugged, and streamlined our codebase, as well as introduced new features that integrate as if they’ve always been there. Yet we still don’t know his last name.
But names don’t matter. What matters is his enthusiasm, good nature, level-headedness and amazing work that he brings to the entire Textpattern sphere. And for all that, we’ve snared ourselves a solid winner.
So please, albeit belatedly, give a warm welcome to Oleg / etc / bloatware as our newest official developer. We’re proud to have him as part of the team, and wish him well as he sails the good ship Textpattern.