New Year’s Goals

I’m not going to call them resolutions, because that implies a bit too much of a commitment, but I’ve been thinking about some of the techie goals that I have for this year.

First, the obvious one. My goal (and my publisher’s “goal”, if you want to call it that) is to get the book finished. And we’re well on our way to accomplishing that.

Next, I want to learn a new programming language this year. Although I’m taking a look at Scala, I received Programming Erlang for Christmas (because my wife is just that good) and I’m liking what I’ve read about Erlang so far. I have the feeling that it’s going to win out. Scala reminds me a little too much of Java.

Lastly, I want to learn a lot more about developing applications for Mac OS X. That will no doubt involve my learning some Objective C along the way, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m especially eager to dig into the RubyCocoa framework that shipped with Leopard, to see how viable a platform that is for developing and shipping commercial Mac OS X applications.

What about you? What are some of the technologies that you think you’ll be checking out in 2008?

Posted January 4th, 2008 in Software Development.

One comment:

  1. Matt:

    Hey Lyle,

    No formal plan as of yet, but erlang and scala are on my radar. I have a copy of the erlang book as well, haven’t gotten into it yet though.

    Currently working on an external DSL for Ruleby, that has been fun.

    Looking forward to your book.