(An open letter of thanks and farewell to everyone at Zap Technology.)

Hi everyone,

It feels for me almost like the end of an era. Today is my last day at Zap after over three and a half years, and those years have been memorable indeed.

Leaving a company is always hard, but leaving a company where one likes and respects the people as much as I do here it's much more so. The decision to leave was not an easy one for me to make but I'm confident that it's the right decision for me at this point in my career and my life. I am, however, going to miss the company and its people a great deal.

When I joined the company we were tiny, with a development team comprising five other people: Todd, Chris, Matt, Mark and Annie, and one solitary person, Uma, in what is now QE. Fast-forward to today and the company has grown hugely, the development team now numbers around twenty people, and... well, we still don't have enough people in QE - but we're working on that. The offices were pre-renovation, the toilets were mere dungeons downstairs, there was an old wool-bale conveyor belt where the front stairs now are, the kitchen was outside, the front door didn't work and the roof leaked. The offices are now light, bright and airy, there're a café and art gallery where the old conveyor belt was, there's a new kitchen and... umm... the front door still doesn't work and the roof still leaks Smile

In all seriousness, Zap is a company largely full of extremely intelligent and capable people and it's been a privilege to have worked with you all, to have taught and mentored some of you and to have been taught and/or mentored by some of you. I've greatly enjoyed my time here and will look back on it with very fond memories.

If you'd like to keep in touch, please feel free to tweet at me at @uglybugger, follow my blogs at www.uglybugger.org (personal) and www.codingforfunandprofit.com (coding) or even just email me at andrewh AT uglybugger DOT org. I'd be very happy to hear from you all.

Over the next twelve to eighteen months I expect that we'll see Zap go from strength to strength, especially with the products that we now have in our stable and the people we have to sell, support and continue to develop them. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all create, and would like to wish you all the very best in doing so. I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.


Andrew Harcourt
Lead Developer