2014 Goals. Growth and Challenges
2013 turned out to be a pretty interesting year. Looking back at my goals for the year, I think I’ve done a pretty good job. I’ve had some new challenges, took on some new work and sharpened my current skills.
What I got done
I finally went ahead and got my GISP. I don’t necessarily need it, but I do have a business to run and certs are always a plus.
My small business (SmartGeotech) has been going pretty well. It lends me a lot of freedom to experiment with different technologies and try to find things that make our work easier. I have neat ideas for stuff I’d like to try here, but I’ll leave that for future posts.
On a geeky note, I’ve switched to Linux as my main OS this year. I work primarily in Linux Mint, using Windows in VMWare for some other stuff. I’m becoming a command line pro as a result. Using some tools like Node and make files is just so much easier in Linux than on a Windows machine.
I’m an author
Aside from finishing up the ArcGIS Web Development book, I’m hoping to be able to arrange my schedule to attend more conferences. I’ll definitely be at the Esri Developer Summit and User Conference this year. I’m planning to attend JSGeo as well. I’m not sure what other conferences I’ll try to attend and work into my schedule, but I’ll keep my eyes open throughout 2014. I’m hoping to try and fly, on an actual plane this year. I have a couple of business trips I should fly to this year and yeah, I’m not a flyer, but I’ll try.
I’ve been working with Leaflet more recently, especially using the Esri-Leaflet plugin, so that will probably continue this year. I’ve had a couple of inquiries to try some stuff using the Google Maps API as well, so it looks like I’ll be digging into the full Google stack on some stuff.
I feel like I’ve really been growing professionally and as a developer these past few years and I hope to continue that trend going forward. I don’t know where I’ll be in 2014, but I’m always looking for new challenges.