Anyhow… The year was actually quite great after all. These were my highlights:
Awesome year with Malin
Moved downtown to a beautiful appartment
After 5 years being the biggest fan and advocate of tobacco, I quit smoking and have been clean 10 months (I really need to write a blog post about how I quit smoking from one day to the next with no effort whatsoever)
I went to the gym 3-4 times almost every week this year and ran regularly
Pretty good… I have to remember to read this post whenever I feel I am not doing enough.
2013 looks quite exciting in prospect. I am going to start working at Medius focusing on ASP.NET MVC this 4th of March, which means that I will be doing pure .NET both at work and at home, something I haven’t been able to do for the past two years (Yey!). I think it will be awesome not to feel like I have to play catch-up with the software development world week after week. And there’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, two super exciting platforms full of promise for this upcoming year. It’s going to be great…
Ok. Time to wrap up. Good night folks. Malin and I wish you a happy 2013! :)
P.S. Oh! One more thing, I finally found some time to create a trial version for quiz4couples. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, please do, now you can check it out for free :)
I was listening live to The Windows Developer Show this last Friday, and, to my huge surprise, Ryan suddenly started talking about quiz4couples!. Both Ryan and Travis gave great compliments to the app and the landing page. I could not be more grateful and happy, so thank you guys!!
“He is a Spanish software developer… So his app is caliente… well, muy, muy caliente”
Welcome stranger, sit down by the fire and let us hear the epic deeds, the tales of joy, of woe and of note that occurred these past seven days.
Hello guys! This month I had the idea to read Refactoring, Improving the Design of Existing Code, turn its examples into Katas and relax in general. But I am afraid I am going to have to pivot and change plans :). Refactoring is a great book, and I will write a separate article about my impressions in my next reading digest, but it is too elementary. It is the kind of book I would have loved to read at the very start of my career, but today, most of its teachings I have ingrained in my programmers’ soul and use as instinctively as breathing.
Instead my plan is to merge December’s and January’s Barbaric Monthly and build my first Windows 8 app. How does that sound? :)
I am going to start brainstorming and prototyping today. In the meantime, I leave you with some super interesting stuff I have been listening/viewing/reading lately:
The Barbaric Development Toolbox is a series of posts where I write about awesome and indispensable tools and libraries that enhance productivity and make our lives as software developers much easier and enjoyable.
I was doing some coding yesterday that involved some unit testing, and all the while I was thinking… “Damn, NCrunch is freaking awesome”, “test, code, test, code”, “red, green, red, green”, “aaaawesome”, “this is a tool everyone should have in their toolbox and enjoy”, “but wait… I do have a blog where I can write whatever I want, and…”. And thus, here we are, I hereby inaugurate a new section in the blog: The Barbaric Development Toolbox, for the betterment of every Software Developer’s life :).
But I will not start with NCrunch, because if I had to recommend one and only one tool to any .NET developer my choice would definitely be ReSharper, probably the most renowed productivity plug-in for Visual Studio. This tool has single-handedly increased my productivity with Visual Studio tenfold and I can’t imagine using Visual Studio without it :).
But @hhariri can show it better than I, take a look at the video below and discover Why ReSharper is Awesome: