Priorities and Interests

The posting frequency on this blog over the last few months has been decreasing. In many ways, it’s a real shame. I love this blog and I’m so proud of the things it’s managed to achieve over the last few years, but recently my interests and priorities have changed.

Part of the reason for starting this blog was because I wanted to pursue a career in IT. This blog was a wonderful way of communicating some of my thoughts on technology and trying to gain a better foothold in the world of technology. It was also a really nice way of publicizing any scripts or projects I had and get ting feedback.

My interest in web development has waned over the last few months. I’ve barely touched a line of PHP or even HTML in the last three or four months. Web development doesn’t play any part in my future plans. I think it’s the idea of web development as a career; to me it sounds like a dead end and I’m really not sure how long the industry will be around.

I’ve spent six years or so doing web development and I certainly don’t plan to "forget" these skills overnight. I still keep an active interest in things such as Mozilla, JSON, "Web 2.0" and HTML5 but perhaps not to the extent where I can blog about it and provide analysis.

With technology it’s similar; I haven’t been keeping up to date with the latest processors, Windows Vista or Ubuntu although I still have a keen interest in technology and gadgets.

So this blog has become a lot quieter over the last few months and I don’t think this will change too much over the coming months. Although one of the rules of blogging is not to deviate too much from the core focus of your blog, I do want to experiment with blogging about some other things.

I’m really not sure about whether Geneone will be finished any more. I’m dead proud of it but it’s still got quite a lot of work to be done before it becomes production-ready. I’m not totally sure if I have the time or desire to finish it.

My bookmarks have taken the place of many blog entries. I’ve not added any analysis but the pages I’ve bookmarked I’ve found interesting and may be of interest to readers.

Cheers for your support and I hope that you’ll choose to keep reading through 2007

8 thoughts on “Priorities and Interests

  1. I know how you feel about web development, many people I know have similar burn outs. I did myself, but I think largely it was caused by frustration with PHP. Since I took up Ferite I’ve been a lot more productive…

    Hell! I’ve even started my blog again!

  2. I know how you feel about Geneone. I’ve started many a project which I’ve thought, "Hey, this seems like a really good piece of software I could write," but in the end, the learning curve and difficulty of the project has made me weary.

    In the case of my Transport Tycoon port, I’m persevering, as I think experience with large projects should allow me to get a good enough job later on in life.

    In other words: Don’t give up. Whatever project your are working on, and that goes double and triple for Geneone, which, given chance, could revolutionise the web.You’ve thought of all the improved user-interface features – the simpler forums layout, integration of Sparklines, even the simple forms that are at the core of it. If I could go back and show you how wonderful the old pre-Geneone blog was, I would.

    Geneone could change the world. On the other hand, it could sail into the books of wonderful started software that just never got finished. 

  3. Thanks for the support everyone 🙂 I have looked into some other programming languages but I’ve never really got into them. The thing is, I kind of decided that I don’t want to pursue a career in programming (at least in the context of the web/internet). Though I’m really proud of some of the stuff I’ve done, I just don’t think it’s what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.

    I think its great that you are persevering with your project David and I really wish you all the best with it. The reason I kept my blog and Geneone (and various other projects beforehand) going for such a long time was because it was something I really felt that I wanted to do. At the moment, that desire to create a piece of software isn’t there.

  4. Version 0.6.7 is kinda the final "as is" version. There is a 0.7.0 development version (which is the version we run here) with bug fixes, sparklines, etc. but its kinda broken 🙂

  5. Spacephoenix,

    Unfortunately there are licensing issues which stop me from releasing the code as fully BSD as had been originally intended. See the licensing.txt file for information on how the different pieces of code are licensed.

    The entire package is GPL licensed as some GPL code is used.  

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