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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! πŸŽ‰

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! πŸ˜…


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! πŸ˜‚

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

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