Welcome to 2017 my dear folks! New year, new me – right? Not entirely correct, as I’d rather paraphrase this sentence to sound more like “new year, new projects (and tons of new code)”. Wondering what I’d like to achieve within the next 365 days (or make it 364 to be precise)?
Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d like to encourage you to read my latest post first in case you haven’t had a chance to do it yet. It might be difficult to beat 2016, but life is about challenging yourself, isn’t it? Let’s quickly go through some of my resolutions.
If it wasn’t for blogging in the first place, then nothing else would’ve had happened. Therefore, I will continue on writing the posts, probably once per week like I’ve been doing for the last few months. I have already some ideas in my mind, so there’s going to be mostly technical stuff, however from time to time you may find there some texts which are not going to concentrate purely on the software engineering (like I did already a few times in the past).
I was thinking about recording some videos as well like I did once with the Warden, however, I haven’t decided anything yet. It’s a really great experience, but very time consuming as well (at least for me).
This year I really want to put even more emphasis on the following projects:
- Fortitudo – sport & training application (Android and Web App for now). It’s been officialy released already, but there’s quite a lot of back-end refactoring + we need to start marketing this one a little bit more.
- Warden – open source & cross-platform library for monitoring the resources. We want to have a stable version of new API and Web interface ready within the next few months.
- Lockbox – open source & cross-platform service for storing credentials in a secure way. Having a Web interface, CLI and some other features would be great.
- Coolector – open source & cross-platform service which aims to help keep the environment clean. It’s being built as our internal Noordwind project and once we finish the latest fixes + have the new design in place, we want to make this app available for testing.
Last year I was able to talk on the scene in front of the larger audience (+50 people on average) 4 times and I really enjoyed it. I hope that at some point in the future I will be able to talk even more often and in the bigger events. This year starts really good as 18th of January (yes, in 17 days) I’m going to Białystok where I got an invitation to the local .NET group.
Once I get enough confidence in some particular area (like programming, nutrition or weightlifting) I really do enjoy helping people who are seeking for answers. I was able to help a little bit a few friends of mine last year (some of them were even able to get really nice jobs in the IT industry), but I’d like to spend more time on doing so this year. Simply because it just makes me feel good if I’m able to clearly explain something to someone and moreover I’m getting experience how to be a “mentor”. We’ve even set up a website devmentors.io that would serve such a purpose, but shame on me, I didn’t get a chance to finish it yet – really want to do it eventually.
There are a lot of other things that I would like to do that are not strictly (or at all) related to the IT. For sure, I want to continue on growth as a software developer and so on, but that should be more than clear for now. I wish that I’ll be able to maintain my athletic development and reach the new goals (bigger, stronger, faster, right?) and stop struggling with some minor injuries. I’d like to hone my motorcycling skills as well and go for even more trips with my friends than last year (one of the best, most relaxing and enjoyable experiences you can get, at least in my opinion).
And most importantly I hope that I’ll be able to meet at least a small part of the great new people as I did the previous year. And if I screwed up with something or made you feel offended (even unwillingly) I do apologize. Last year taught me that being aware of your own weaknesses, handling criticism in a polite manner and saying “I’m sorry for…” are very important aspects if you want to maintain honest and healthy relations with the other people.
Alright, guys, all I care about is 2018 and getting my hands on new KTM Duke 790 “Scalpel” ;).