Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Year In Restrospect

2014 was a good year. Fast. Challenging.

A year ago I made a change. I left a company I was with for over 10 years, a company that was about 200 people when I started and 10k+ when I left. Great experience. Probably one in a lifetime.

I felt like having more than one lifetime experience and off I went. From mostly hands off solution architecture and management back into hands on software engineering, from Java and Linux to .NET and Windows, from Adobe CQ to Sitecore, from a big public company to a small feels-like-family boutique. How do I feel about it? Loving it and would do it again if given a second chance. Experience of a lifetime indeed.

Last year:

This year:

No resolutions but I will sure continue to craft code in various languages, blog about it, present at user groups, produce screencasts, and contribute to open source. These days I am more active on twitter than on any other social outlet so please feel free to connect @pveller.

Happy New Year!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Moving On

I am actually not sure anybody is reading this as I haven't blogged for more than a year. But if you're still out there then you may want to stick around. A little less than a month ago I parted with the company who I had been with for almost eleven years. We remain (and I very much hope will remain) friends and I wish them all the luck. I will sure write a larger post about what made me decide and how I feel about the change and what I think about it too. I will just give it a little more time. I am still breathing it all in.

On that one, I also made a technological change. It's a much smaller change, of course, as I fully agree with Scott Hanselman in his recent post - Technology is changing so fast it's hard to be a "professional" at anything. Ultimately, we're all amateurs. Out from Java and Linux and some Ruby and Python and into .NET. From Adobe CQ to Sitecore. It's still all for the Web so the transition has been really smooth and very much enjoyable. Learning and mastering new tech is fun and probably the ultimate hobby of mine. And I still work on my Mac with the Windows inside the VM so what's not to like!

As I am actively diving in into the new tech and the new environment and the new everything I also want to write more. I already started actually. If you have even remote interest in Sitecore or just want to follow me in my ventures you are more than welcome to read No commitment but my backlog of things to write about is pretty full for the next month or two. Stay tuned! Oh, and drop me a line if you are reading this :)