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Dec 31 2008   10:45AM GMT

Goodbye to 2008

SJC SJC Profile: SJC

I don’t know about you, but this year has simply flown by for me!¬† It has been a year of challenges personally as well as professionally, I guess that means I’m “normal” after all ūüôā

At the close of each year I truly like to take a look back at where I was at the start of the year, and where I am as the year closes.  At the close  of last year I posted A Developers New Year Resolutions  never thinking at the time that it would be useful a year later to look back at it, but it has been.  The year started off with a bang, and I was genuinely embracing each of the resolutions and taking them on with enthusiasm.

In May, however, my personal “life” had to take front and center as the result of a family medical issue.¬† The resulting detour was immense, taking¬†its toll physically as well as¬†emotionally.¬† Some residual effects linger as the year closes, although they have nowhere near the impact as that period from May through October had.¬†

As an independent developer and basically¬†single person business such an event has significant consequences.¬† There is a hugh impact in ones ability to service customers well — an absolute priority to me.¬† I certainly wasn’t ready for the energy drain it would take on me.

As for my resolutions — for most I grade myself at a C or C+ for the year.¬† Not by nature being a planner, I grade myself as a “D” however.¬† My resolution list said “I Will Plan” — testing — my work.¬† Shortcuts were taken with my testing on agreement of my major client who themselves picked up on testing more thoroughly than usual, knowing that I was shortcutting.¬† That was a situation that we made work.

Goodbye 2008!¬† Thanks for the memories!¬† I’m looking ahead to 2009 embracing those same resolutions I posted a year ago!

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