It’s been a crazy year for me. Loads of excitement and disappointment all around. First off, in July 2016, I lost my job at my first real programming gig due to cutbacks. Luckily, I had saved up about 3 months worth of minimal living expenses, and besides that, I had paid off my credit cards enough to use them for extra cushion. I got a temporary job with Best Buy for about a month starting in mid-late December 2016 until mid January 2017 helping out with delivery and installs of home theater equipment. This was nice, as it got me up to date on what’s available in the market, but it really did not last long.
It took me another several months before my next job, working for a lady from my church who, in it’s most basic sense, owned a franchise of a moving company. That was lots of good, hard work with a relatively steady paycheck. Around the same time, I made two big decisions.
My first decision was to try to write another book. I had had an idea for quite some time, and I really wanted to write it down and make a little money off of it. More on this later The other decision was to start looking for work that wasn’t local. I come from central Wisconsin, and the three main cities around there are Wausau, Stevens Point, and Marshfield, and from what I could tell, there just wasn’t enough programming work for all the programmers in the area. So, I decided I could deal with looking in Madison, too, since I have friends from college that moved to the Madison area. It wouldn’t be going somewhere that didn’t have anybody I knew. Well, in September, I started a job at Epic. The place is awesome, and their idea of “competitive pay” is “compete with California, despite it being way cheaper to live in Wisconsin”. I highly recommend the place. And getting the job and moving down here has been the highlight of this year.
After moving in, I decided to give myself a little while to adjust before getting back into writing for the blog and getting back to work on my book. By the way, I had signed the contract to do the book already, so it would be bad to back out. Well, as you can see by the lack of posts, I haven’t really made that come back. I talked to my publisher about backing out, and they want the book to be finished so they suggested that I try to find someone else to finish it for/with me. So, I’m asking all of my readers, would any of you be willing to help me finish this book? You probably want to know the subject, don’t you? It’s about Design Patterns in OO-Functional Hybrid languages. I have the outline written, as well as the first three proper chapters (plus a preface and intro). Code examples are done in Kotlin. If there’s anyone who’s willing to help, email me at sad2project at gmail dot com. Thank you, and have a wonderful New Year!
Oh, there also won’t be any book reviews this year, other than to recommend every fiction book written by Brandon Sanderson. When it comes to programming books, I’ve probably started 5 or 6 this year without getting more than a third of the way through. Right now, I’m intent upon finishing Implementing Domain-Driven Design as well as Domain Modeling Mad Functional. Also, there’s a new, 3rd edition of Effective Java I’d like to read through.