++year == 2011, and the last remaining effects of New Year’s Mojitos has finally left my brain, I think it is in order to take a look back at 2010 and evaluate a bit, and then maybe come up with some goals for 2011.
2010 has been pretty busy for me – check out this list of professional as well as personal activities:
- My 2nd child was born in February :).
- Wrote 34 blog posts spread pretty evenly over the year (except February).
- Gave two talks on MongoDB in June, two talks on Castle Windsor in November and December, and two talks on NServiceBus in December.
- Gave two 2-day introductory courses on getting up to speed with C#, .NET, dependecy injection, unit testing, and continous integration.
- Gave one 1-day course as an introduction to C#, . NET, and WCF.
- Gave 2 courses on NServiceBus.
- Spent September and October on paternity leave.
- Spent most of my other professional time as a development and architecture consultant on the core team of Dong Energy’s smart grid project, PowerHub. We’re controlling a hydro power plant right now at this very moment :).
- Participated in two episodes of ANUGCast about MongoDB: Part 1 and part 2.
- Learned a lot about new and emerging .NET technologies, NoSQL databases, and about architecture in general.
Looking back at all this, I think 2010 has been a little bit too busy – especially since most of the presentations and teaching happened in November and December :).
This is what I’d like to do in 2011:
- I would like to continue doing all these great things in 2011, because that’s what makes my job alternating and fun, but ideally I would like to spread the activities some more.
- I would like to start a pet project – i.e. build “something real”.
- I would like to continue widening my horizon by cheching out non-.NET-stuff, like e.g. MongoDB and Node.js, which I am actually starting to like quite a bit.
- I would like to continue contributing to OSS – either in a direct manner with code, or indirectly by blogging, tweeting, helping, creating courses, etc.
- I would like to continue communicating with great people and be inspired.
Actually I should have hightlighted that last bullet – I guess it pretty much sums up my main goal for 2011 :).