My First Tech Article

A few weeks ago I was minding my own business at work, writing a Greasemonkey script to solve a problem I had, when I noticed that apparently I had found the solution for a GM problem that not only I had but a number of other people as well. So, I tinkered and tinkered and tinkered some more and discovered that I had managed to write something fairly wicked that I had never seen before.

Now, when it comes to my own code, I always tend to be somewhat cautious about getting too excited about it. I myself might find it pretty cool and elegant, but I always have the nagging feeling that I might have overlooked some glaring problem or messed up otherwise. (Interestingly enough this behaviour surfaced around the time I started working at Yahoo!. Heh. That’s what happens when you know there are real top dogs around. Honestly, we pack some serious talent around the world, which can feel a bit frightening at times.)

Anyways, I finished it up and posted it on one of our internal mailing lists, and after getting back some very encouraging comments I decided to show it to Eric, one of our major Javascript famosos.

Turns out he found it interesting enough to ask me whether I want to write an article for one of our public dev blogs. Holy crap.

So yesterday I finished a working example, and today I’ve submitted my article. When all goes well, and after some (hopefully) serious proof-reading (to make sure I don’t make a fool out of myself after all), it will be presented to the interwebs.

Now, I don’t want to tell you where or what, mostly because I am getting increasingly paranoid about bragging. But quite frankly, I am amazed I made it this far, and even if it isn’t published after all, at least it was considered interesting enough to let me take a shot there.

And for me, that is quite something.

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