A year that was 2017

2017 has been a wonderful year for me both personally and professionally. These are the few highlights for the year

Personal

First, a major change in my life. I got married 🙂. What they say about marriage is true. I am starting to see things in a different light than how I use to. Life has changed for good.

With this new perspective, I tested few strong opinions I held, pursued things that I was curious about. The results were interesting and I have documented all the learning I got. Will be sharing them soon.

Professional

I wanted to learn a tech and ship apps in it. I chose Android for this year. After being in JS land for a couple of years, I choose to do the app in Java instead using a js-framework like iconic.

Launched the following android apps

Onebible.in

Offline ads free bible in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

This was my first Android app. It is approaching 1000 downloads.

CommitHub – a sleek client for BitBucket

All YOUR repos in one place

The description says it all. It is nearing 100 downloads.
Pro trip: If you’re a programmer, try this app and provide me feedback.

I started answering nodejs related questions. As a result, my SO reputation grew from 1341 to 3294, a 1.45x growth.

I wanted to learn a web framework other than node.js. Laravel seemed to be a decent option. Learnt laravel and built a sample application using it.

Towards the end of the year, I switched jobs. I’m now a Senior web developer.

Reading & blogging

I read more articles online than books. Dint complete the 2017 Goodreads challenge. I want to improve on this in 2018. I want to read at least 6 books and write a post for each of them.

I wrote 8 posts on my coding blog mostly on what I learnt, observed. In this blog, I just wrote 1. I am planning to improve on this front as well.

2017 turned to be a great year for me. Hope 2018 will be a great year for all of us.

Previously 2014.