2007: A year in review

Wow, another year gone and a whole new one to think about. 2007 saw some pretty big milestones/achievements for me, including the birth of my son Fitzwilliam and the completion of my first year at Readify.

In the developer community we saw the re-birth of the Victoria.NET SIG as well as the commencement of the Readify Developer Network. My own Ballarat.NET SIG managed to hold a couple of meetings too.

I managed to do a bit of speaking this year at various events on various topics too:

  • Code Camp Oz: AJAX in the real world (with Paul Glavich)
  • ReMix WebJam: WPF Invaders
  • Victoria.NET SIG: Microsoft Expression Suite
  • Tech.Ed: Silverlight in a Flash
  • RDN: WPF Primer
  • RDN: ASP.NET AJAX Primer
  • Ballarat.NET SIG: ASP.NET AJAX Primer
  • Victoria.NET SIG: What’s new for web developers in Visual Studio 2008

My blogging effort was a little poor. I started the year with good intentions but struggled to find the time or motivation to complete many of the articles I had penned titles for on my whiteboard. That’s definitely something I want to improve on this year, especially with so many great new things happening in the web development space (ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions, Silverlight 2.0, Internet Explorer 8.0, etc.)

2008 is shaping up to be another big year and I hope to be involved with the developer community even more. Here are some things on the radar for the first part of the year:

  1. Get the Ballarat.NET SIG organised and meeting more frequently so Ballarat developers can see more of the great speakers that Melbourne developers have access to;
  2. Present at the Readify Developer Network in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on CSS Layout with Visual Studio 2008 (something I’m passionate  about);
  3. Present at the Readify Developer Network in Melbourne on ASP.NET AJAX Tips and Tricks;
  4. Attend Mix 08 in Las Vegas in March, looking forward to hearing the latest about ASP.NET, Silverlight & Internet Explorer;
  5. Present at Code Camp Oz in April, topic yet to be decided.

So make an effort this year to get down to your local user group and maybe even Code Camp Oz in Wagga Wagga. I look forward to seeing you.