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GetPut Adventures Jira Board

So, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to buckle down and focus on learning ALL the code! ๐ŸŽ‰

Which means I then spent a lot of time trying to figure out what that actually meant, because there is an awful lot of code out there in the world. I can’t learn it all (in theory) so I had to start thinking about what I’d like to learn.

In my last job, I was a proper full-stack developer and got to play around with everything from the databases on up through the CSS. It was a blast, but I also didn’t learn as much as I would have liked because it was an established system and the tickets would hop between subjects pretty consistently.

Right now I’m working on a low code assignment (building camel routes with a small pinch of Groovy) so I need to stretch my wings a bit.

I’ve decided to do a few things:

  1. PHP & GameDev – Resurrect GetPut Adventures– but as a WordPress mod instead of a MySQL/Java/Angular project.
  2. CSS – Work on my blog’s theme
  3. JavaScript & GameDev – Contribute some work to an Open Source game (Farmhand)
  4. Java – start studying for the Oracle certification (probably for 8 instead of 11)
  5. The Odin Project (which will be a bit of a speedrun since I’m skipping the bits I’d done before)
  6. Take random Udemy/LinkedIn Learning/YouTube classes on various subjects

I figure I’ll take January to work out what sort of schedule and time I can commit to everything.

In a perfect world, I’d be able to figure out a cheap way to get my MySQL/Java/Angular stack working again. But I’ve gone poking around and most of the places charge more than I’m willing to spend just to learn. Having a working, accessible beta for things is my main sticking point right now.

Can’t learn how users will break the code unless I give them the chance! ๐Ÿ˜…


In order to keep myself somewhat accountable, I’m planning on checking in once a week in a fake-Standup.

I dusted off the old JIRA board for GetPut Adventures and I’m trying to figure out the best way to track all of the various items I want to work on. And how to estimate points. Hmm.

Good Agile practice if nothing else! ๐Ÿ˜‚

So I’ll see you in a week… good luck to everyone out there trying the same sort of madness!

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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