Overall I would say this has been a fantastic year for me. Looking back I've accomplished so much both in my personal life and in my developer skills. I'll highlite my developer life first since that's why you're all here.
- Prior to this year nearly all of my .NET experience was in VB .NET. I spent significant hours this year learning the ins and outs of C#
- IIS 6.0 / Windows Server 2003 freaking rocks. It's secure, powerful, scalable and I've enjoyed working with it. In short, this year I learned a lot about the server administration side of IT. I learned how to host websites, use configure the pop3 service, I really enjoy Blackmoon FTP Server
- I took advantage of the Empower ISV Program. Definately worth it to experience the yummy goodness of MSDN Universal.
- Codesmith taught me that I had been spending way too much time doing grunt work.
- My involvement in the blogger community has greatly enriched my career. Outside of the obvious benefits of learning from my fellow blogger's postings I made personal contacts with many other professionals. It feels great to have a network of people I can call upon for advice or rant to when I encounter foolishness in the field.
- I began pursuing my MBA with the University of Phoenix online. I have come to believe that becoming more business savvy will make me a much better business developer/consultant.
- I experimented with freelance work and starting up my own Micro-ISV
- I got married!
- My son will be born in March!
- I moved from New York back to Ohio where I grew up. I miss the superior services in New York but it's good to be back where I can visit my family and college friends.
- I've made significant progress paying down my debt from college and getting started in this crazy world.
New Year's Goals
- Grow my Micro-ISV product- Easy Assets .NET. With moving and the baby coming I have been so busy that I haven't been able to put the time or effort into marketing the product the way it deserves. Going forward I either need to get a solid start marketing it, take on partners to help me sell it, or I suppose if the right offer came along I would sell it outright. If you guys know anyone who can help with any of those 3 please feel free to drop me a line.
- Dive into .NET 2.0- I want to keep growing my skills with .NET and try to stay on the cutting edge. I've been playing with the Whidbey beta off and on but I hope to get some serious face time with it when the next beta comes out.
- Be a good father- 'nuff said.
- Be completely out of debt except car and student loans by the next new year.
- Take a vacation- I haven't had a real vacation in years. *sigh*