First quarter’s down. In full disclosure fashion, here’s how I’m doing so far:


  1. Code Complete - Steve McConnell - Not started.
  2. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture - Martin Fowler - Not started.
  3. Applying Domain-Driven Design and Patterns - Jimmy Nilsson
  4. Working Effectively With Legacy Code - Michael Feathers - Not started.

Tools/Techniques/Processes @ Work

  • Move from SVN to Git (and learn more about Git in the process). - Learning about Git and bugging our sys admin about setting up Git, but haven’t actually started yet.
  • Move from CC.NET to Team City for our build server.
  • Build a more robust build script and management process - including production deployment and database migration scenarios. - Well underway.


  • Develop an idea I was given for an open source project and get it live to see what happens. - In progress.
  • At least 24 blog posts (I’m not going to say 2 per month as I’m getting married this summer and I’m certain I won’t be able to maintain a schedule around it). - 4 down (ouch!).
  • At least 3 feature/patch submissions to open source projects. - Not started.


  • Get a version 1 out there on at least 1 of the 3 product ideas I have floating around. - Not started.
  • Keep working on a good working knowledge of Ruby & Ruby on Rails (and use it to build the product mentioned above). - Playing and reading.

So-so. Lets see about next quarter.