We’ll Miss You, Ned Zimmerman!

Here at Pressbooks, we’re a small, close-knit team, so we’re going to need lots of cheering up when lead developer and beloved colleague, Ned Zimmerman, leaves Pressbooks next month.

“After nearly eight years as part of the Pressbooks team—as a contractor from 2011–2015 and as lead developer since 2015—I’ve decided to return to my freelance practice,” Ned said in a note to the community on Pressbooks.org. “It’s been thrilling to see Pressbooks grow into what it is today, and to have been a part of that journey. I’m grateful to Hugh, Liz, Steel, Dac, Daniel, Taylor, and Phil (and Apurva and Zoe) for being such wonderful colleagues and I hope to stay involved with the Pressbooks project in the future!”

Ned has been with Pressbooks nearly since its inception, and has been a core contributor to its development ever since.

He worked to adopt coding standards and best practices across our collection of themes and plugins and standardize our development approach to the different parts of the Pressbooks application. He also collaborated with Dac Chartrand to build the Pressbooks REST API. He’s been a tireless moral compass for Pressbooks: an advocate of core principles we strive to embody at Pressbooks, principles such as accessibility, open source software, and the communities around them.

In short, Ned has been an outstanding colleague here at Pressbooks, and an outstanding ambassador in the development and open source communities that intersect with us.

We wish Ned the very best in his freelance pursuits, and hope (and expect) some of those will intersect with Pressbooks again in the future.

If you wish to connect with Ned for freelance projects, you can reach him at https://bight.ca.