Welp, it’s been over 8 years since I lasted posted here. Time for an update!
New Site The old skilldrick.co.uk
My old site was a self-hosted wordpress.org blog on a webhosting reseller account I used to have for making websites for friends and family. This year the hosting company cancelled the tier I was on. I’d been meaning to move off it for a while so it was a good nudge.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog. Most of my creative output has been focused elsewhere, on non-blogging activities. I figured it was time to add some kind of content to my blog. So here’s what I’ve been working on recently (where recently means “since I last published here”).
Audio programming Once upon a time I was going to be a recording engineer, and I spent four years learning all about audio and recording and music.
It’s time for another one of those self-indulgent “what am I going to do with the next year?” posts. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since the last one.
First off, I’m going to look at the past year. Finish SICP I definitely progressed with it, but not finished yet. Get a decent online portfolio As a matter of course I put all my toy projects into my Github account, but there’s nothing particularly exciting there.
On 23 October 2008, on holiday in Devon with my girlfriend, I read an article in the Guardian’s Technology section about the UK games industry. From that point on I was certain that I wanted to become a developer of some kind. I wrote more about this in Finding your passion.
It’s now three years and a day since then, and I’m winding down at my current job in preparation for a move to San Francisco, as I somehow managed to land myself a job at Twitter as a junior front-end engineer.
There’s a common phrase used within software development:
If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
It exists in various forms, but the original source is the Law of the instrument, or Maslow’s Hammer.
I started thinking about this while reading through Head First Design Patterns today (a bizarre book, not quite sure yet whether I can recommend it). As part of my self-education into the Gang of Four Design Patterns, I thought I’d start with this, as I’d read recommendations to read this before the GoF book.
To do this, I set myself two rules:
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Any time I can find to listen to them I do - when I’m cooking, eating, washing up, walking to work, brushing my teeth, going shopping, running …
It’s not always easy to find the best podcasts, so I thought it would be helpful to list them here, along with a quick description, and some selected episodes where appropriate.
This list is in rough order of preference.