Retrospective of 2009, Planning for 2010

After the Kaizenconf of 2008, I wrote down a couple of things I wanted to learn throughout 2009. Looking back at that list for the past year, I think I did fairly well.

Retrospective of 2009

  • I learned more about integration patterns and ESB’s. I also learned about NServiceBus and I’m going to take this a few steps further in 2010. I’m hoping to get some real-world experience with a true Service-Oriented Architecture.
  • StructureMap is now my IoC container of choice.
  • I definitely learned a lot about NHibernate this year and I’m still a huge fan. I’m also looking forward to see what NHibernate 3.0 will bring to the table in 2010.
  • Thanks to the European VAN presentations of Greg Young on DDD and Mark Nijhof’s CQRS sample application, I learned a tremendous deal about Domain-Driven Design. I finally understand some of the stuff that Greg Young and Udi Dahan are talking about for a couple of years now. 
  • I (re)learned HTML/XHTML and picked up some basic knowledge about CSS during the last couple of weeks. My goal is not to become a CSS jedi, but I just want to have enough knowledge and experience in order to prevent the most obvious rookie mistakes.
  • I took my first baby-steps in Ruby earlier this year, but I definitely need more study and practical use in order to become a more proficient user.

There’s some stuff on the list that I didn’t managed to learn about:

  • JavaScript and jQuery
  • Lean/Kanban
  • F#

On the the other hand, I was able to learn about CouchDB and the NoSQL movement. I also learned a significant deal about RESTful architectures.

I also gained a lot of experience with WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) throughout the year, but I regret to say that it was mostly negative than positive. I don’t think that I’m going to consider this technology again in its current state. Maybe I’ll reconsider it again after it further matures.

Planning for 2010

Hereby the stuff I want to learn more about in 2010:

  • Continue exploring NServiceBus and using it in a real-world project.
  • Web development is something that I want to become more familiar with. JavaScript and jQuery are still high on the list, but I also want to take an in-depth look at some of the web development frameworks out there. I’m looking forward to learning about ASP.NET MVC, Fubu MVC, Django, OpenRasta and Ruby on Rails.
  • Following my new motto of learning one NoSQL database each year, this year I’m going to take a closer look at MongoDB.
  • Following the same credo applied on programming languages,  I’m currently very interested in learning Clojure, and not only because it can also target the CLR. As already mentioned, I also want to become more proficient at Ruby.

    Community

    On the community side, I’ll continue to co-organize the European VAN meetings with Colin Jack. We’ll try to do them on a more regular basis. I also hope to put out more blog posts in 2010 than I did in 2009. In 2007 and 2008 I managed to write ~100 blog posts a year. This past year, I didn’t even manage to publish half of that and I’m not very pleased with that. While I was evaluating the past year, I’ve come to some conclusions about what might be causing this. Maybe I’ll get back to this in a later blog post.

      Well, there you have it. I would love to hear about some of the things that you, my dear readers, are planning to learn in 2010. I wish you all a happy and successful new year.

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    Jan Van Ryswyck

    Hi, thank you for visiting my blog and reading all the crap that I'm posting here. I'm a senior software engineer at SD WORX. Developing software is one of my greatest passions in life, and I enjoy doing it every single day. I've got three kids (Len, Lisa & Laura) who constantly remind me that there is more in life than just programming all day. They are the greatest kids in the whole world. And last but not least, there's my girlfriend who is my inspiration in life. You can always contact me at jan_dot_van_dot_ryswyck at gmail.com

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