Resolutions

For many, the beginning of a new year heralds an opportunity for improvement in our life through the creation of new year’s resolutions. Even though January 1 is an arbitrary date (and we are able to make change anytime we see fit), the roundness of a new year’s start brings about the will to initiate change for many. For me, I appreciate the start of a new year as a benchmark, a demarcation point between old and new, and I like to make resolutions of my own.

Of course, only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. I’m not immune from this failure, as I made several resolutions in 2013 that I was unable to keep. But this has been the exception, not the rule, and I have kept resolutions in the past.

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Happy New Year: 2010 Goals

I took a few days off during the holidays to think about what I wanted to accomplish during 2010. 2009 was a great year, with lots of accomplishments: this blog hit 20,000 unique visitors in a month, was published in a lot of different places, and, according to lots of different sources, put together some really great content.

But my 2010 goals are about more than just this blog. They’re about my development as a PHP developer, as well as my personal life. Here are my goals for the 2010 year: Continue reading

Why Tracking Bugs In Personal Projects Matters

A lot of time and effort goes into designing processes for development projects when the projects are professional or work-related projects. We spend hours investing in version control, bug tracking, specification design, and process.

But what about our own personal projects, that we do either for money or for fun? Too often, it seems like these development practices are abandoned, especially with regards to the use of a bug tracker. I know I have personally been guilty of failing to use a bug tracker, even though I use things like Subversion and develop specifications. It’s easy to forget, but important to remember. Here are five reasons why our personal projects should utilize a bug tracker.

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Looking For A PHP Development Job

I went in to work yesterday morning to find out the sad news that the contract I had been hired to work on had been canceled last week. The company tried to find work for me, but was unable to do so. I am now another casualty of the struggling economy. It’s a shame, but I understand that the “last in first out” principle of employment, and I understand the business need.

The company was generous in the severance offered, and there is no malice towards them for what happened. As of today, I’m officially back on the open job market, and I’m looking for work as a PHP developer.

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Taking Some Time Off

Tomorrow morning, I head off for a weeklong trip to New England. This long-awaited vacation is something that has been in the works for a while.

Last year, I wrote about the importance of taking time. It is important for people to refresh themselves, and to enjoy some time away from their work to redefine their perspective, refresh their minds, and rejuvenate their spirits.

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What Matters Most (Job Hunt Advice)

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to review a number of resumes and cover letters, both through my professional endeavors and because of inadvertent posts to the DC PHP list from people replying to job postings.

One thing that strikes me as odd is the number of people who send cover letters riddled with errors.

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