2008 Goals in Review

Thought I would jot down my 2008 tech goals in reviews.  I’ll be putting my 2009 list shortly.image

Learn MVCAccomplished.  I started down the asp.net mvc route but after a short bit realized I didn’t want to learn beta technology that would be a moving target on top of learning mvc.  I then went down the ruby on rails route but again I was learning 2 things at once and ended up settling on CodeIgniter MVC framework for PHP. I really enjoyed learning CI and mvc and made doing PHP much more bearable and actually enjoyable again!  I can’t imagine writing PHP without a mvc framework and hopefully it will make learning asp.net mvc or ruby on rails that much easier since I now understand the mvc concept pretty well.

Get Microsoft CertifiedAccomplished.  Passed the MCTS 70-536 exam test. Learned/memorized some new things but frankly I think I’ve already forgotten alot of it.  It was worth it though.

Actively Post to this BlogAccomplished.  I’m going to say “mission accomplished”.  The daily find never was daily and really was never meant to be.  It’s just a name and besides I do have real work to do besides finding the best web stuff for my readers, the 2 of you 😉

Learn LINQAccomplished.  Big fan of linq and grudge when I’m working on an older application that uses plain sql strings.

Learn RubyFail.  Really epic fail.  Just never got to it.  This is one of my top goals for 2009.

Learn SilverlightFail.  This I don’t feel that bad about.  I’ve never been keen on Flash development and silverlight falls under this category for me.  I’m not a great designer so my UI will never be sweet and I don’t see myself using this professionally so, eh… off my list.

Zero Inbox –  Fail. Instead I now depend on search, either in Gmail or outlook 2007 (which is actually not bad).  It’s been working good for me.  Off my list.

Discover New ToolsAccomplished.  This is the the techtoolblog after all :).  Biggest win tool for the year = BitNami/mRemote.


5 out of 8 is one heck of a batting average in baseball and I’ll take it.


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