Happy New Year 2011

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In this obligatory post, I’d like to make my New Year’s resolutions for 2011:

  • Seriously learn a new language or two. I’ve started diving into some Ruby, but F# is also something I want to spend some time with. I don’t want to leave .Net, like all of the cool kids are doing these days, but I can see that C# is trying to become more like these languages and so I know that learning them will help me become a better C# programmer. Regardless, this nugget of advice from the Pragmatic Programmers is one I have not been keeping up with and so I must do better.
  • Present at more events. 2010 marked the first time I’ve spoken outside the Pittsburgh area (thank you NOVA Code Camp!). Its fun to meet people in different communities that have completely different experiences. I want to do more of it.
  • Really get serious about writing. I’ve been blogging in various forms for 7 or 8 years now. Extremely sporadically. I’m better at Twitter (but of course that doesn’t take anywhere near the effort). I actually do a fair bit of writing in my day job that could easily be cleaned up and turned into  blog posts. I just need to do more of it.
  • Spend less time reading, and more time doing. I don’t think that requires any explanation. Smile
  • Keep up with my health. Last year I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. I’m lucky enough to have it under control with pills and weight management. I can even be bad occasionally and eat some cookies (which I did entirely too much over the holidays). But there is a silver lining – it caused me to wake up and realize what I was doing to myself, and through better eating and exercising regularly (I get to the gym at least once a week – better than I was, but still in need of improvement) I’ve lost 30-35 pounds. And I just feel better.