Monday, September 04, 2006

Goodbye, New York. Hello, Boston!

This past weekend, after a ~3 year tenure in Manhattan, NYC, I moved to Boston.

It was a crazy weekend that included endless shopping, moving boxes and furniture, painting walls, getting 2 parking tickets, and even attending my friend's wedding. (Guess where? In New York, of course! :) ).

I'm exhausted, but I made it.

Now I need to figure out my life out here.

Paul Graham thinks that nerds don't like New York. At least in my case, he's way off the mark. I love New York. I think it's one of the best cities on earth. No city is as exciting and fascinating as New York.

I will miss New York a lot.

Maybe Paul Graham is right: maybe I'm not a real nerd. Maybe all this Erlang stuff is just a facade, and deep down in my soul I really want to be a hip hop dancer or something :)

Nah... I really like coding. I enjoy this stuff. I sometimes work crazy hours just because I like it. When I don't work crazy hours, I often write code when I get home from work. Not always, though. I have a life outside of my MacBook.

So why Boston, of all places?

I didn't move here because I love Boston. I know Boston pretty well, and although I find it nice enough, I've never fallen in love with it. I definitely don't like it as much as I like New York.

The main reason I moved here is because my girlfriend of two years has been living here for a year now, and I wanted to live closer to her.

The second reason I moved to Boston is that wanted to be able to live cheaply for a while so I can live off my savings while I work on a fun project I want to build. I'm 26 years old, and I feel that this is a good time to do it. I don't have a lot of money, but I also don't have a wife, kids, college bills or mortgage payments. I don't even have a car (I'm from New York, remember? :) ). My savings will carry me for a few months. After that, maybe I'll have to find a real job or a consulting gig or something.

If that happens, I'll cross my fingers and hope that I can get a gig writing Erlang code.

I really enjoy working with Erlang much more than other languages for some reason. I don't even know if it's worth it anymore trying to come up with an objective-sounding list of justifications rather than just saying that I like how it feels.

Even if my project doesn't take wings, my investment in it will certainly bear fruit as I am planning on releasing all the framework-level code I write as open source. ErlyDB will see many improvements, but I will also probably release contributions to higher levels of the Erlang web development stack.

I hope that in a number of months, few people will question that Erlang is a great language for building cutting-edge web applications.

We'll see how all this plays out. I'll keep you posted on my progress.


Charles said...

Good luck to you on your new project (though I’m sure you won’t need it.) You're very gifted and deserve success.

Yariv said...

Thanks, Charles! I appreciate it.

Roberto said...

Yariv, good look with your fun-project and Erlang-in-rails.