Technical New Year's Resolutions: 2012
I like to do this every year. It's a reflect and reset-type of thing for me. Here's what I accomplished from last year's resolutions:
- Published another article in php|architect magazine, SELECT * FROM Internet: An Introduction to the Yahoo! Query Language.
- Gave a talk on the same topic at Atlanta PHP in February.
- Continued to sharpen architecture and development skills. I've done a fair amount of work with Test-driven Development this year, which has definitely beefed up my more general design skills.
- Built some more iOS apps, both at work with Half Off Depot and some personal projects.
- Definitely have spent more time with PHP since my move to Half Off Depot.
I'll keep it short. This year, I want to:
- Finally release FloodWatch for iPad and Mac. I've already started the static library. This should be done in the first half of the year.
- Gain a deeper knowledge of PHP 5.3 and 5.4 features, such as namespaces, closures, and traits.
- Beef up my front end development skills. I've done front end work for months at a time, but never for a long period of time. When I take on this kind of work, I enjoy it, but I want to do more of it in a focused manner. Front end development skills have been my area of weakness for my entire career. I'm a back end kind of guy.
- Refocus my technical leadership skills. I've led a number of large projects during my career, and I'll get to do more of that in 2012. As a result, I look forward to really sharpening my technical leadership skills with respect to architecture, technical project management, and driving teams of incredibly talented developers.
- Get back on the conference circuit. For real this time.
- Blog more. I've started getting back to this recently. I'm going to stick with it.
From where I sit, 2012 is going to be incredible. 2011 was great, but I've got my work cut out for me this year. It's going to be a wild ride. See you around!
What are you going to do in 2012?