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2012 Technical Goals

I hate making resolutions but I like making goals. That might seem slightly contradictory but consistency is the bugbear of small minds and all that. Here’s a list of my current technical goals:

  • Write an iPhone application – I even have a half decent idea of what this should do thanks to Abe’s angry ranting at lunchtime. Thanks Abe!
  • Write a Node.js application – I’m not a fan of event loops since they are implicitly single threaded and so single cored. While this is a good fit for simple scatter gather web applications, as soon as you have any sort of processing you are a bit fucked. That said, one of my mottos is “don’t knock it til you’ve tried it” and while I’ve knocked up the obligatory chat server, I need to have a better understanding of
  • Write a Scala/Play!/Akka application and host it on Heroku – this should be an easy one and I’m looking forward to it. Scala, Play! and Akka could be the new JVM stack of choice and Heroku certainly looks the polyglot cloud platform of choice.
  • Write a Clojure application and host it on Heroku – not so easy since I don’t grok LISP but the constant chatter about the REPL and the power of immutability has a certain attraction.
  • Write a book – since my previous post was about this it should not be a surprise.
  • Present at more conferences – I popped my speaking cherry in 2011 and really enjoyed it. Now to really get out there.
  • Get more involved in the London Java Community – the LJC is an awesome group and the more you put in the more you get out.
  • Put more stuff on Github and open source it.
  • Convince my current client that they should open source their code – my current client have some really sweet code and they are happy to open source it but they’ve never done it. I have to push for this to happen.
  • Be technically excellent – I have some really challenging work coming up. It’s going to be tough and demanding and I’m going to have to be at my best.

What ever your goals are, I hope you have an awesome 2012.

Writing Well

I’m sure it’s a common delusion shared by anyone who writes in any sort of media; the sensation that there is a book inside us somewhere. This has urge has risen even more since two mates have joined forces to write a proper technical book published by a proper publisher. I’ve worked alongside authors before and the one thing about them that has stood out is not so much that they have the confidence to put their thoughts to paper but that they have had the determination to carry though their book.

I’ve made a start at numerous literally projects and never got passed chapter 2. It looks like 2012 is going to have to be the year I sit down and really crack on. Hell, if I can survive the attrition of a a PhD a book should be a cakewalk, right….right?

Now I only need a title and a topic. I mean, how hard can it be…gulp!