Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Retrospective on 2011

2011 has been an interesting year for me. I started on a new project at the Dutch national bank. Too many decisions were made which I did not support and the people not willing to even hear about something different. Since I was already almost 2 years at that customer, it was about time to go do something else.

I then created 2 iPhone apps. One has been delivered and is available in the appstore. Unfortunately the other one isn't yet, but I have been using it for 6 months now and I'm very content with it.

In august I started at Marktplaats, the biggest online 2nd hand market in The Netherlands, where we're currently working very hard to build a new application which will probably become publicly available in the next coming months.
At marktplaats I was introduced to git. I had already heart about git of course, but I was still a svn user and thought git was too difficult. How wrong was I!! I love git and I never want to go back to svn!

In august I also started to learn about Scala and in oktober I attended both the 'Fast Track' and 'Advanced Scala' courses at TypeSafe in Lausanne with 4 other colleagues to really get started with it. I love Scala and I'm lucky we're already using it in my current project. First only for testing, but we now also have the first services build in Scala.

Last but not least this year was the Devoxx conference in Antwerpen. My third attendance already. I love the Devoxx, the informative university sessions, the excellent conference sessions, plenty of old and current colleagues and of course the excellent Belgian food and beer. After this Devoxx things on my 'want-to-do' list are : MongoDB, Cloud Foundry, Infinispan, Scala, Continuous Delivery, Play 2.0,  Spring-Data. Fortunately this year a Parleys subscription was included in the attendance fee cause there was a lot I was not able to attend. Just have to figure out how I can watch it via AppleTV on my telly :-D

For next year I have some great things planned so hopefully you're going to hear a lot from me.

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