2012 Developer Resolutions: Melting faces!

2012 Developer Resolutions: Melting faces!

Rene Rubalcava | December 28, 2011

It's that time of year again, 2011 is coming to an end and I start wondering where the hell the time went. Looking back at my 2011 resolutions, I didn't get as much done as I would like, but I like to think I accomplished quite a bit. I've been doing a lot of Node.js experimenting and I've gotten pretty good at CoffeeScript. I'm a better Ruby dev today than I was a year ago. My Python skills are about the same, but I've gotten more familiar with Django. I've learned some more native mobile, but have not had a chance to use it in production yet. My design skills could still use some help.

I plan on forming my goals as this post at tutsplus suggest. So, for 2012, I'm trying to focus my goals a bit more.

  • Node.js. I'm really enjoying the stuff I've been doing so far and I look forward to really getting to use Node in production applications. Couple this with CoffeeScript, and expanding my C/C++ skills and I hope to really become proficient with Node.
  • Ruby. This includes, Rails and Sinatra. I've gotten pretty good here, but I can be better.
  • Silverlight. I know, wtf right? Well, I actually have some opportunities that require I at least get good with Silverlight. I figure this also help out with my WP7 skills. Not a huge goal for 2012, but at least the beginning of the year.
  • Mobile. Still on the list. I have a couple of opportunities here, so will put some focus into this area.

I also plan to improve myself as a well rounded developer. I have Mastering Algorithms in C, and plan on finishing that up along with some more books like it. My degree is not in computer science, but I don't want that to hold me back.

For kicks, I'm also going to be trying my hand at some Lisp. I have Land of Lisp sitting on my bookshelf unread, so what choice do I have right?

I'm still actively pursuing freelance work as well, and so far it looks like I'll be starting 2012 off with some work under my belt. Looking forward to it.

These goals are tentative. Chances are, I'll get sidetracked by something that piques my interests. For all I know, I could end up praising Prolog by the end of 2012.