2016 in review
I have learned from my efforts in years 2012 and 2013 that creating fresh new year resolutions don't often work for various reasons. Not for everybody at the least.
It is then that I have decided that I would write about what I have achieved in that year rather than what I would like to achieve in the next year. Last year has been a good year for me in that regard. I did not have any specific plan coming into 2016.
Then I was tasked to create a custom chart which somewhat resembled a box plot, but with a lot of interactivity based on user inputs on other parts of the page. The first prototype of this chart took me about three days to create. It was one of the best moments of 2016. Once the prototype was nailed down, for the management and synchronization of data from various sources, I used AngularJs (1x).
This kind of a high is the best thing about programming and I am glad I got introduced to d3 to rediscover it, thanks to my awesome customer at the time.
Though node.js based static generators are all the rage, I chose to a go a different route. Another programming language I use and love is Python. What better an opportunity to use and customize a tool written using that language? So I have evaluated Python based static generators and chose Lektor.
I have gained basic understanding about building responsive interfaces. I have discovered milligram.css in the process.
As outlined in my first post on this blog, I started updating this blog with a few of the desired features.
2017 and ahead
The biggest change I will be making is that I will be taking a short career break to spend more time with my family.
Apart from that, I have a tons of items in my distraction log accumulated from the last couple of years.
Leaflet, React, Aurelia, Gulp, Webpack, Node, WebGL, Typescript, Xamarin, UWP, Android, Pyramid, Phoenix, .NET Core, Vibe.d, C++, Ruby, ES6, Tableau, BI+DWH, ML, Tensorflow, Data Science, Raspberry Pi.
Despite the huge list, I know I will be focused on a few things at the most and that time will be utilized more toward building something useful rather than learning how to do specific things in a particular technology.
Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017!