I woke up to the news this morning that Carl Backstrom has been killed in a car accident.
I’m not going to post a link to the news article directly, as it contains some distressing details that some people might not wish to read, however the news has been confirmed by various Blogs and (reliable) people on Twitter.
For those who didn’t know him, Carl was “Mr AJAX & Javscript” in the Application Express World, he was responsible for some incredibly cool features in the APEX tool and was always helpful with the APEX community.
Carl was definitely a good friend, I’ll miss him a lot and I’ll never have another whiskey without checking for flies first!
One of my fondest memories about Carl (and I have a lot) was the day he took Dimitri and me for a guided tour around San Francisco and showed us sights that we never would have seen otherwise.
My thoughts are with Carl’s family and friends at this difficult time.