I've been working at the same job for the same company for over a decade. In my line of work as a Programmer/Analyst, that's an eternity. I work for a great boss, at a great company, making good money, doing work that is more-or-less fulfilling, but somehow it is all just getting a little "old". Ever since Carl showed up as a stockholder, things have been changing around the company. We're no longer obsessed with providing better services than our competitors, but instead we're worried about aligning our expense structure to be the same as everyone else in our industry.
I know I should be grateful to have reliable employment these days, but I can feel my skills becoming less and less relevant every day, and I long for the days when I could experiment and try new technologies without having to fight against deeply entrenched tools and philosophies. I feel it is my duty to myself to keep my skills current and relevant to what's happening in the marketplace today, should I suddenly find myself out in the cold.
With that in mind, I've decided to start exploring the new technologies that have developed over the last decade, that I've largely been shielded from using. I'm going to use this blog to share some of the stuff I learn, at least for those things that might be interesting to others. Stay tuned if you want to hear more about a newbie's perspective on things like Amazon Web Services, Google's AppEngine, RESTful APIs, Sencha, Popcorn.js, and anything Smart TV-related. (more on that later…)