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Looking back on 2010...

Published Thu, 30 Dec 2010

Each year I try to look back over my year and take stock of what I've spent my time on, what I'd like to improve on, things I'd like to do more, or do less.

This year was a very busy year for me. February saw the initial release of my open source projects, visural-common and visural-wicket, with two subsequent releases during the year. The visural-wicket library was much more successful that I had guessed and has been downloaded by hundreds of developers of the course of the year.

The rest of the first half of the year were a combination of juggling work, personal life and building onmydoorstep.com.au. Ultimately I was not successful in the AppMyState competition that I entered in to, but I continued to work on the site throughout the year with many of the features that I had planned initially finally making their way into the site over the following months.

Depsite not fulfilling its intended purpose, building On My Doorstep was a fantastic experience for me, and expanded my skills greatly, particularly in the areas of CSS, SEO, UI design and server administration. Having work mainly on internally hosted apps in the past, this site was a crash course in startup-dom which has been invaluable.

I dabbled in a little Python this year, having felt like I've "run my course" with Java recently. I like Python, but I don't think I'm ready to switch over as yet. I think I'd like to dabble with a little Scala and Ruby first, before undertaking any "proper" project with a new language.

One thing that I felt consistently over the past year, is that I've been spreading myself too thin. I need to spend less time writing code, and try some new things in life.

This is reflected in my goals for 2011 below -

I've kept it to three, as I feel it's not realistic to have more than that at a time.

That's not to say everything else falls by the way-side, I expect to make another few releases of visural-wicket during the year, and other random projects. I will keep making new blog posts, but maybe not quite as frequently as I have this year (at one stage I was managing 1-2 posts per week).

Some things I'm looking forward to -

Anyway, here's to a new year! I hope everyone has a good one, and finds it to be bigger, better and more enjoyable than the last.


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Richard Nichols is an Australian software engineer with a passion for making things.

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