Marc Scholten (@_marcscholten) is now a Propel core developer.
You may know him already from the new fabulous Propel2
init command from PR #693. He continues
his great work with improving Propel from now on as a official member.
Please welcome Marc with me! You'll find more information about him at our about-us page.
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Three years ago, I became the lead developer of the Propel ORM project, a decision that probably changed
my life, and, for sure, literally propelled me out of my comfortable zone. This was not easy. I was young,
inexperienced, and a sort of "outsider".
While Propel was a "one-man project" thanks to the awesome François, I decided
not to follow such path. I rather created an organization, gathering skilled
people, and new projects, with a long-term vision in mind. That
is actually what I like the most in Open Source, enrolling new people to this wonderful world, and giving them
responsibilities or, at least, opportunities to become Open Source developers.
In three years, Propel grew up a lot: a brand new upcoming version, more documentation, more tests, more components
to integrate with various frameworks, but also more standard tools and best practices. The whole project moved to
Git and GitHub, I simplified the way releases were built, as well as, how one could contribute to the project (code
but also documentation and, generally speaking, everything related to the project at large). In my opinion, this is
my main contribution to the project, and my only regret is not to ship Propel2
in a stable version myself.
But now, after three years, it's time to step down. Having me as project leader is what prevents Propel from
developing even faster, and for two simple reasons: I don't have enough time to dedicate to it, and I don't do any
web programming anymore. I took over the project three years ago because I did not want to see it die, not because
I wanted to lead an Open Source project. Today, Propel is still alive, and I like to think that the long-term vision
I chose to follow three years ago is not completely unrelated.
I am sincerely glad to welcome Marc J. Schmidt as new lead developer of Propel. He is
@MarcJSchmidt on Twitter, and @marcj on GitHub.
If you follow the Propel2 development, I am sure you know him already! He is German, and an amazing developer. His
understanding of the Propel design, of the Open Source philosophy, and of the ORM landscape, would be enough to let
him lead the project. Note that I won't abandon the project right away. I will be right behind his shoulder watching
him for a while.
I am very happy for Propel. I’m also very happy for me, this will, hopefully, give me some time for other activities.
And most of all, I’m very happy for Marc, who deserves a warm welcome from you guys! :heart:
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Propel2 got more love in the last weeks which lead to a new alpha3 release.
Marc and a few other great people are doing a great job with Propel2.
A few more devs prepare even more Pull Requests to polish Propel2.
The next release target will be a first beta, let's see how things are going on.
Please give it a try and report any bug:
Thank you guys!
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