New Year, New Goals

February 12th, 2014

It’s already 6 weeks into the new year, but it’s not too late to get a start on the new things I want to learn this year. I’m continually humbled and perplexed by the constant volume of new tips, techniques, and tools in this field, but at the end of each year, I usually look back and can’t believe how far I’ve come in the last 365 days.

I’m a firm believer in creating goals, but not necessarily in sticking with them. What I think is a great idea at the beginning of a year might clearly not be the best idea 6 months in. Technologies fade, new topics emerge, and I have to stay adaptive. The important thing for me is to stay busy and stay learning.¬†We’ll see how the list shakes up at the end of the year, but right now I want to tackle:

  1. Angular.js – After hearing a lot about both Backbone and Angular in the last few months of 2013, I did some preliminary research and found that Angular is outpacing Backbone in the developer community. It seems immensely powerful and I’m excited to build an app with it.
  2. Mobify – I’m currently engaged in my first Mobify project at work, and it’s going swimmingly. This really cool front-end tool allows for complete mobile site building without needing responsive stylesheets or domain redirects.
  3. Soy/Google Closures – This templating tool is now used almost exclusively by Jive, which is used almost exclusively at my job, so I better get good at this!