That time of the year...

The end of the year is upon us. Since I'm posting after such a ridiculously long time(sorry about that), I thought I'd list down Its the ideal time to recap what went on from a "programming" perspective in 2014. Also I thought I'd jot down what I plan to focus on in the coming year.

Highlights of 2014

  • I finally mustered the strength to participate in this years Rails Rumble. I teamed up with the awesome Ali Hamidi and together we built a web service that listens to hashtag udownbro on Twitter, parses URLS in the tweets and validates whether the website is up or down. The status is then tweeted to the original user of the tweet along with a screenshot(via PhantomJS) of the website. We didn't place in the top 10, but nontheless I'm pretty happy with it. Also the experience served as an eye opener to me and made me realize that my design skills are pretty useless and I definitely need to work on it as design does fascinate me.

  • Worked on my basic Math skills, primarily Probability and Statistics to get ramped up with the necessary knowledge required to delve into the field of Data Science.

  • Worked half way through the Coursera + Johns Hopkins Data Science specialization track. I decided to opt out because I wasn't particularly happy with the pacing of the track. I plan on trying out the Udacity Data Science nanodegree once I get the time.

  • Tried out and fell in love with EmberJS. The guides on the main website are excellent. I'd also recommend the EmberJS course on Codeschool. The course can easily be covered over a weekend and does a pretty good job in providing the absolute basic information required to get started.

  • Read Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby after discovering Sandi Metz via confreaks. Seriously, the book is amazing and worth its weight in gold! A must read.

  • Working my way through the course material of the "front-end engineer" nanodegree on Udacity. I feel that there is a huge room for improvement in my Javascript and CSS and so far it seems as if the course material is helping me out in improving my skills.

Things that I need to work on / improve in 2015

  • Physical health. need to start working out! I'd achieved my lowest weight around 2 years back(mind you, still overweight!) after following the slow carb diet. however my weight has been steadily creeping up.

  • Be regular with blogging.(whistles)

  • Work through Introduction to Algorithms CLRS

  • Get into the habit of reading. The last book that I recall having read was an autobiography of Tina Fey and that was probably a year and a half ago.

  • Explore and play around with web design. I recall seeing a HCI course on Coursera. Perhaps I'll give that a try.

I guess thats all for now. Before I forget, Happy New Year!

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