Saying goodbye to 2009.

A new year is on the horizon, and so it’s natural to look back on the previous 12 months, take stock, and plan for the future. So what kind of year has it been?

Overall, it’s been a good year. My background as a software developer is with Microsoft-based technologies such as Visual C++, and since 2003, .NET and C#. Although my technical mainstay is still .NET, this year has seen me work more and more with open-source, PHP-based solutions such as CodeIgniter and ExpressionEngine. I’ve continued to work with WordPress, and in the second quarter, completed Biking for Bones, a site for my mother-in-law, who rode over 3500 miles in aid of the Arthritis Research Council.

In April, I also had the opportunity to do a project using Adobe Flex. Whilst I’d had a little experience with ActionScript and Flash, this was the first time I did any significant work with Flex, and found it to be an interesting platform. I used WebORB for .NET for back end communication. Although I enjoyed the work, I missed working with good old HTML and CSS, and although some things are undoubtedly easier to achieve with an RIA platform such as Flex, I would argue that javascript libraries such as jQuery make many behavioural paradigms almost effortless.

The latter part of this year has seen me working on a company logo for Fresh Click Media. The aim is to integrate this into a new design for the site, and use the new logo as a focus for business cards that I’m also currently designing. I’ve been toying with the idea of ExpressionEngine for the site, but I’m very fond of WordPress, and it does what I need; I don’t share the opinion that WordPress is a CMS, though it’s a bloody amazing bit of software.

For many people, 2009 will be associated with financial instability and job insecurity. I’ve been fortunate enough to have escaped the downturn this year, but despite many positive predictions for 2010, feel that we’re not out of the worst of it yet. Fingers crossed.

I haven’t achieved everything I wanted in the past year, but I’m okay with that. You can’t plan for everything, and this year has brought some unexpected events that have had an effect on my professional plans. Despite this variation, one thing remains unchanged – I am passionate about what I do, and consider myself very lucky to be doing something I love. If I were religious, I’d be thanking god.

I’m looking forward to 2010. In the short term, I’m going to be working on a redesign for this site and producing those business cards. The longer term aim is to develop Fresh Click Media as a business and win more client work and contracts.

Happy new year to you all!