New Year, New Things

Sam Hernandez
Jan 21 · 3 min read

I started a new position as a front-end architect at Precocity LLC. That might come as a surprise to a lot of my web industry friends. I’ve been a Craft CMS fan for a lot of years, and I’ve been with Pixel & Tonic for two of them. I want to share some thoughts about it for the many friends I’ve made in the Craft community.

It is interesting to me that communities spring up around technologies like frameworks and content management systems. I don’t think there’s another community as beautiful as the Craft community. Craft is hands-down the best self-hosted CMS, but it wouldn’t be what it is without the people who surround it.

I was there for the launch of Craft 3. I’ve been part of discussions about the company direction, and even an occasional sounding board for Brandon as he thought through new features. I’ve seen it evolve so much that I started to envy developers who get to build websites with it.

I got to demo Craft for companies of all types. I understand stakeholder skepticism when selecting technologies for a new initiative. I also appreciate the web agencies who struggle to convince a client to run with a Greenfield, blank-slate, self-hosted CMS like Craft when they know it’s the best choice. I’m grateful for what I learned and the friends I’ve made.

I was there for a lot of history, and I’m excited about Pixel & Tonic’s future. So, why the move to Precocity? Well, it’s multifaceted but not very complicated.

From a career point of view, it’s me coming full circle. I got my start building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with Adobe Flex over ten years ago. That’s pretty archaic language, but for anyone who doesn’t know, Flex was to Flash what Angular, React, and Vue are to the browser nowadays. My heart was in web application development long before Flash died, and honestly, I’ve missed it. That’s what I’ll be doing again, and I am especially excited.

From a life point of view, it’s for family. My wife Jess and I have aging mothers who might need help in the years ahead. We’re in the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon, right now, but we’ll move to Dallas this year to be closer. As much as we love Bend, Jess had a difficult time finding meaningful work that pays what we were used to in Austin. Bend isn’t a place you move to further your career in the local economy. It’s where you make trade-offs to enjoy the tranquility, scenery, and culture. In Dallas, we’ll be situated much better to take care of the people we love.

I’ve lived all over the place: Oregon, Indiana, Montana, California, Washington, and Texas. I’ve done all kinds of work: Factories, care-giving, audio engineering, and web work. I’ve learned two main things in life by now:

  1. Happiness comes from within, not from without
  2. I was born to be used up

Jess and I can live anywhere and be happy. We can be happy with more, and we can be just as satisfied with less. I find my happiness in serving the people (and dogs) around me. But to help people, you have to be nearby and have the means to do it.

Life is time and effort, and our lives get spent one way or another. When my time is up, I want to know I was used up on my wife, my family, my friends, my dog, and strangers in need. That desire drives me to accept risks and opportunities that make more of that kind of life possible.

I want to thank my friends at Pixel & Tonic, especially Brandon, Brad, and Leah. We spent a lot of time together, and I loved every minute of it. And to the fine folks of Precocity, I want to say that I am so excited to be part of a new team and look forward to building amazing things for amazing clients together.

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

    Sam Hernandez

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    Sr. Front-end Architect at Precocity, glass-half-full-stack developer, musician, audio engineer, pumpkin pie enthusiast.