In the same vein as last year, I’ll spend a post summing up on what happened this year, and then try to come up with some goals for the next year.
What did I do in 2011? Well, I
- Wrote 27 blog posts (+ this one = 28).
- Gave my “Frictionless Persistence in .NET with MongoDB” talk at Goto Copenhagen. Great experience, and Microsoft even recorded it.
- Gave the talk again as a free geek night.
- Hosted an Aarhus .NET User Group code camp on MongoDB.
- Gave the Frictionless talk again, this time at an Odense .NET User Group meeting.
- Made tiny contributions to Castle Windsor and MassTransit.
- Started building an NServiceBus-like service bus: Rebus. It already has pub-sub messaging and sagas 🙂
- Attended Udi Dahan’s “Advanced Distributed Systems Design With SOA” course. Udi was no stranger to me as I have been following his work, but the course presented some extremely interesting ideas on how to build a service-oriented architecture.
- Spent most of my time monkeying around with code and architecture on the PowerHub project, which is getting more and more serious. Oh, did I mention that the system’s regulation parts have zero downtime? With a nifty master-slave setup with automatic failover, PowerHub can continue to optimize and control local units, even in the face of system and platform upgrades… 🙂
- Got a new job!!! Yes, that’s right: The 30th of December 2011 will be my last day as a Trifork Software Pilot! On January the 2nd in the new year, I’ll join d60 as a consultant. This fact deserved a dedicated blog post. 🙂
- Had my photo of a hard-wired hairdryer included in Mark Seemann’s book about DI in .NET (see page 8 in chapter 1). Needless to say, this photo went right into my slidedeck 🙂
If I compare that to my 2011 resolutions, I think I’m only missing a “real” pet project. The closest thing is PriorityQ, which I made as an example app for my MongoDB presentations – it’s a “question collector” that can be used during presentations.
This is what I’d like to do in 2012:
- Gain a footing in my new position, and help out with some of the company’s challenges.
- Attend a couple of conferences – in passive as well as in active mode.
- Contribute some more to some of the OSS projects I like – including my own.
- Put Rebus to (some serious ab)use.
and, most importantly – just like my 2011 resolutions – I’d like to continue to be inspired by communicating with smart people.
Lastly, I will express my feelings in the form of an animated GIF that reeks of 1996: Now, let’s see what 2012 brings…