Tuesday, January 05, 2010

New Year's resolution (a bit late)

I think setting smart goals is a good practice in personal and professional development. I decided to share my goals for the solar year 2010 to become accountable for the results I achieve and my potential failures. It's January 5th, but it's better late than ever.
These are my plans for 2010:
  • first, maintaining this blog with a regular posting schedule throughout all the year. I took a pause during the holidays but I intend to post 5-6 new articles a week, whilst the topic of the blog does not change: software development and engineering. Given the 52 weeks contained in an year, this goal results in 285 posts that should fill the 2010 archive.
  • this year I will obtain my bachelor's degree in Computer engineering. I commit to sustain the final test in the July or September sessions.
  • I will get a B2 English language certification, in order to graduate. This is an independent exam, external to my university, required for the degree.
  • finally, I commit to produce a stable release of my personal project, NakedPhp. NakedPhp is a php port of the Naked Objects Framework for Java, which generates a user interface for direct manipulation of objects and classes. Currently the subversion repository has reached the hundredth revision, which is not bad for a solo developer.
Considering the English language certificate as part of the degree, these are my three major projects for the year. I think I can sustain this workload, as I have no strong need to take freelancing gigs for financial reasons in this period, which would consume time I dedicate to open source.
Though, the main issue with goals is not the setting phase, but achieving them: every two months I will post about these goals and the steps I will have taken to reach them.
Happy new year everybody and happy resolution!

1 comment:

Kami said...

I wish you a lot of success with reaching your goals in 2010.

Anyway, most of the posts on your blog and very good and educational, but please don't fall into this "need at least XY posts per week" bandwagon.

I'd rather have one or two quality posts per week then six, where five of them are almost not worth reading (well, if you can keep the quality at 5-6 posts per week, I don't see a problem then :)).

Most of the good blogs I know, which joined this bandwagon went from good blogs to bad blogs.