This is a list of the technologies I’m moving further into in the coming months ahead, some of it is new technology whereas some is just new to me:

  • Ruby
  • Oracle 11g
  • Erlang
  • Haskell
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • Io
  • Prolog
  • Scala
  • Clojure
  • CouchDB
  • Lucene
  • ASP.NET 4 (I know its Microsoft but it will come in handy, plus its an easy win since I’ve done it before)
  • and how can I forget WordPress, since I’ve just started to use it again too.

A fair few of them centre around Java so I guess I’ll be brushing up on that too.  Although the 7-8 years of C# will most likely stand me in good stead.  Java will also come in useful for a possible foray into Android development since I got myself an Android tablet which I’ve found has a distinct lack of applications developed for its form-factor.

Some of you will already realise that 7 of the programming languages there are from a brilliant book called 7 languages in 7 weeks by Bruce Tate. Its been a great read to date. So far I’m up to week 3 – prolog which is different but in a good way.  I’ve used Ruby before so that was a nice familiar introduction then onto Io which I really like.

During my time at Sector 7G, I started to think I wanted out of the programming field and into project management due to the constant onslaught of new technology, languages, frameworks and best practices. I now see it was the environment I worked in which kept me from this, not my ability to learn. There were 2 years of grim work, commissioning systems, where I was stuck in a windowless, concrete box, working with some rather interesting characters. Some people that would make Homer look, well not normal, lets say less weird.  As an example there was one lad who had his name mentioned in the House of Parliament when he was younger after he caused some trouble abroad while in the Navy.

Basically, the last 6 years in a big utility company have held me back. It wasn’t all bad though, I made lots of cash, made some new mates and have learned much more about the ways of the world and my abilities to adapt.  I also decided to have a go at writing a fiction book as everyone seemed to enjoy my rambling email updates, it’ll be interesting to see if that little venture gets anywhere.

The rest of this year is dedicated to sharpening them up to surgical levels of precision, either that or I’ll burn out in a sea of overlapping technology…