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Team changes

We’re always looking for people helping us to make ChiliProject better and we are lucky to have some great contributors investing their free time to fix bugs and generally improve ChiliProject.

In the last couple of weeks, one contributor stood out in particular as he has been steadily submitting improvements to the user interface part of ChiliProject, sanitizing and modernizing the HTML and JavaScript little by little. We were impressed by his patience and the perseverance he showed when providing his technical knowledge and when including our feedback in the areas he contributes to. Consequently, the ChiliProject team unanimously decided to ask him to join our team of core developers. I am very pleased to welcome Andrew Smith on board and we’re looking forward to working even more closely with him.

Going forward, Andrew plans to finish the migration to jQuery away from Prototype, support a fully responsive design, rewrite the CSS to SASS, and apply a lot more Web 2.x and Rails 3+ buzzwords. You can often find him in the ChiliProject IRC channel as EspadaV8, on Twitter as @EspadaV8 and on GitHub as EspadaV8. In his day job he is a PHP developer for an advertising agency in Brisbane, Australia and aside from working on ChiliProject he spends his free time cycling and reading SciFi and Fantasy.

The other change in the team is about someone several of you have inquired about. Unfortunately, we have to announce that Eric Davis is stepping down as the Project Lead of ChiliProject. He and his his wife had the joy to welcome a new member to their family earlier this year and he doesn’t feel the little time he can spare for ChiliProject will allow him to live up to the role of the Project Lead. Eric won’t leave us completely and will continue to be a member of the ChiliProject team. We all thank him for his hard work and guidance and hope to see his contributions extend again once he can justify it.

The team unanimously elected Holger Just as the new Project Lead. Holger’s primary new reponsibilty is to settle any deadlocks in decision making but he will still be a member among others of the ChiliProject team. Furthermore, his expressed opinions will continue to be only his own unless explicitly stated otherwise. Please read the Project Lead page in the wiki for more information or get in touch with us if some things seem unclear.

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