When we first welcomed Lyza Gardner to our team, we knew her to be an especially thorough sort of web developer. Now that she’s struck out on her own, it’s a good time to document how she maintained that reputation during her time at Bocoup.
Lyza floored us with a presentation all about the burgeoning service worker technology during her interview. She earned this expertise while enhancing production systems with that feature, setting the pace for the “progressive web app” craze that would soon follow. The specification continued to mature, and browsers continued to improve their adoption, and this fueled Lyza’s interest throughout the time we worked together. She developed excellent resources to help her fellow web developer to discover and understand the new tech. Among new web platform features, service workers has a reputation for being somewhat nebulous, so her work here was especially important.
When called on to contribute to the web-platform-tests project, her trademark attention to detail allowed her to spot the subtlest of bugs in the foundations of the web. She wrote about the experience on our blog; you really ought to read that post. No doubt, Lyza could have spent years tracking down those cracks in the platform, and with our new focus on interoperability and standards, we would have been happy to support her.
…Except her heart just wasn’t in it. Lyza’s always been a practitioner, at her happiest when tinkering with new technology and building novel systems. We’ll miss her dedication and her charm, but we’re happy she’s staying true to what inspires her. Hack on, Lyza.