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2010 New Years Resolutions

I didn’t make much headway with my formal resolutions last year.

  • I went to a few user group meetings at the beginning, but I trailed off rather quickly.
  • I didn’t contribute ANYTHING to open-source.
  • I didn’t complete any money making projects.
  • And aside from playing around with a few GreaseMonkey scripts I didn’t write any plugins.

However, I did manage to do a few other things in 2009:

And I saved the best for last…



2009 was the year that I met and engaged the love of my life, Sara!

In short, 2009: Best year ever!

Now, on to this year’s resolutions!

Blog More!

Blog More!

Blog More!
I’ve always done a lot of programming outside of work, but I’ve found that blogging incentivizes me to actually (somewhat and sometimes) finish what I start. I’m much more likely to finish something when I plan on, or start to blog about it and I feel that the extra little nudge can make a big difference.

Unfortunately, I have half a dozen unfinished Flex projects to NOT show for my lack of blogging this year, but I hope to get back on track in 2010.



In addition to my 9-5 ColdFusion and JavaScript programming, the last couple years I’ve spent most of my free time in Ruby and ActionScript. This year I wanted to get more into general, gui type programming. It’s been a long time since I wrote a windows application, and my time spent with the Flex compiler has got me feeling nostalgic for a more structured language and programming environment.

I’ve spent a little bit of time over the holidays on a few C# projects, and I’m loving it and I’m looking forward to really diving into C# this year!

Attend User Group Meetings!

Attend User Group Meetings!

Attend User Group Meetings!
I say this every year, but there are a few active user groups in Orlando that I really like, that I should be attending more frequently and consistently.

Here’s a list, for link-love’s sake:

  1. ADOGO
  2. OJUG
  4. ORUG

I figure I should be able to, no excuse, make at least one a month. AT LEAST!

Work Out!

Work Out!

Work Out!
This is another resolution that I make every year. I didn’t lose any weight in 2009, in fact I gained 5lbs. However I’m lifting a lot more weight now, and I feel healthier so I guess I’m doing something right. I plan on continuing this through 2010.

So that’s it for tonight folks, I’m off to bed.

Happy New Year!

Mid Year Resolutions

I’ve always liked the month of June. It’s my birth month, but it’s also close enough to the middle of the year, which makes it a great time to re-evaluate my New Years Resolutions.

I’ve done pretty terrible on that list. However, I’ve made a lot of progress in areas I hadn’t anticipated 6 months ago.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year and things are looking up!

Great Programming Quotes

Ran into a list of great programming quotes @ stackoverflow and thought I’d share. Some of my favorites:

The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.

Tom Cargill

And of course

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

Douglas Hofstadter


2009 New Years Resolutions

I like to write this sort of thing down so I can look back later and scoff.

User Groups!
There are some really great user groups in my area and I’ve consistently missed many months of meetings. The people are great, there’s a lot of great information being swapped around and it’s FUN! No more excuses.

Open Source Software!
This post is brought to you via the magic of WordPress, MySQL, FireFox and Ubuntu. I love and use a lot of open source software and it’s high time I start giving back. I plan on hunting down some ColdFusion projects to get into the swing of things, but eventually I’d like my own baby.

This goes a long with the previous bullet. I have a few ideas for FireFox and Eclipse plugins that I think would help get me in the OSS swing of things, (To use that trite and tired cliche yet again).

Unmaintained Recurring Income!
This might be a pipe dream, but I’ve been working on the web for a long time I really ought to have something out there making money, even if it’s only enough to pay for the hosting. I’ve got a few top secret ideas that I’ll share once I get into the swing of things.

3 Month Anniversay Re-Blogging Evaluation!

When I first fired up this blog I thought I’d be posting a lot about the kind of problems and solutions I bang my head against daily at work. But instead it’s evolved into me posting a lot of the little scripts that I play around with while I’m watching tv or doing laundry or whatever else.

Sometimes I worry that what I’m posting might give one the impression that I’m a bit of a programming simpleton. In order to offset this I’ve thought about posting about some more advanced topics, but my heart just isn’t in it. For whatever reason I’ve really been enjoying playing with and posting my little programs…so that’s what I’m going to do!

Prima Gravida

New computer begets new blog. That’s just how these things work. I intend this to mainly be a professional blog, but like all professional blogs I actually enjoy reading I’ll also be smushing in some personal stuff here and there.

As for myself, I’m a web developer residing and working in Winter Park, Florida. I work mostly in ColdFusion and JavaScript, but I also dabble a bit in Ruby and a few other techs

I plan on re-beginning this whole blogging thing by posting solutions to some of the little problems I (and anyone else who uses a computer) run into all the friggin’ time.

Ta Ta for now.