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Published on July 2, 2020

🙏 Thank you, Vercel

After Kadira, I joined Vercel (AKA: ZEIT) in early 2017. Then I maintained Next.js for about a year until Tim took it over. I didn't add many features to Next.js, but I think I made some improvements in testing and reliability.
I still think my most significant contribution to Next.js is the "Learn Next.js" project.

My Time at Vercel

Then I got the responsibility of a critical part of Vercel deployment flow. I really love working on that. Literally, we were building a startup, and I played a crucial role in that. That's excited me to keep working.
I never wanted to work on backend/infra forever. Due to that reason, I no longer enjoy working on that responsibility. That's why I'm leaving.
I'm not leaving Vercel due to any problem I faced at the company. And I'm not looking for work right now. Thank you!
I want to thank rauchg for hiring me and everyone who worked at Vercel with me. It's fantastic to work in a remote company with people from all over the world. I will miss that for sure.

What's next?

Even though I am taking a break, I'm not going on a long holiday. Instead, I try to experiment with what I always love to do -- Teach and work on open source projects.

Teaching

I think I collected a lot of knowledge these years, and there are many ways I could share that experience. I believe in open education -- but at the same time, content creators should get paid properly.
I will try some ideas related to this in the coming months. If you are interested, join my newsletter or follow me on Twitter.

Open Source

In every app, there's a common set of functionalities we have to do. But most of the time, we re-create them from scratch. I get it, we need a different look and feel and slightly different functionality. Still, there's room for reusability. We waste a lot of resources.
What if we have something like this:
  • When you are starting up, you get some standard set of components and build your app quickly.
  • You might want to customize how those components work, and there are some options you could choose.
  • For example, you can use Auth0, firebase, Magic Link, or even next-auth to add login functionality. But how you code the login functionality in the same.
  • Then you want to use an existing Login component from NPM. You use uber/baseweb. But creators of that component never heard about baseweb. But still, the login component works really well.
  • After a few months, you need to add some additional login functionality. So, you build your own component.
  • You might even consider sharing it with everybody.
This is just for the auth layer, what if we can apply the same for many other things.
That's what I am excited about.
See you soon with some exciting news.