So the blog has been dormant for quite some time.
2008 was the year that blogging died for me, I became more involved with microblogging over on Twitter and found that more of use that trying to find the time to write longer missives on development and my life in general.
Also 2008 was the year that I allowed more than just career concerns guide me. This year is the year I’m getting married, which is huge for me as secretly I didn’t think it would ever happen. Also I’ve just bought a house, fully come to terms with the fact that I will be in New Zealand for the long term (I called myself a New Zealander when I was on Holiday in the States in December), and realised that there’s a few other things in life I want to pay attention to other than my work life.
That’s not to say that I find work life boring or am less enthused. The truth is I’m working in some of the most demanding areas I’ve ever had to tackle, and with less fallback than in previous roles. The Xero API is taking up a huge swathe of my time, and although there haven’t been things to show for it yet, there’s some big changes in the works (such as public registration for the API and OAuth authentication, along with a number of useful additions to the API feature set). I’ll be writing a few posts on the Xero Blog
once the new version of the API goes live.
2009 stands to be a great year, but it’s also the first year where I haven’t had even a slight plan. Once the wedding is over in May I’ll be lost for things to do. I’ll be coming back to winter in New Zealand after a month travelling in Europe, and will have no plans or thoughts about what’s next.
I’m sure something will start to fill in, and plans will start to formulate but at the moment it’s both scary and exciting.
so that’s a little catch up, in the hope that I still have some readers.
Goals for this year:
- Do some speaking around the country (so far I’ve been only really involved in Wellington user groups. It’s time to spread the wings)
- Let people know the process that’s happened around the Xero API, which is a good case study for some learning around ASP.net MVC
- Write some tools for the API in ruby and cocoa, teach myself to program for the iPhone (even though I don’t think I’ll ever be able to justify spending money on one)
- Get the vegetable garden growing
- See more of New Zealand’s South Island