2017 review

by DotNetNerd 20. December 2017 10:30

Another year has flown by, and it has been quite a change of pace for me. With my daughter being born last year, I have had to prioritise more than ever. Not really a surprise, but when you are going into it you don’t really know what will be possible. Looking back it has definitely changed my every day life for the better, although I have had to cut down on some spare time activities.

Work

First half of the year I continued to work with my client Danish Industries (DI), and I was happy with the state of the project I could finally hand over when we finished work in the summer. After that I have started working with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, where I have been working on a large migration project while introducing them to Webpack, TypeScript and Redis as well as looked at using their ElasticSearch database for more than just logging.

Community

I am glad that I have been able to do some blogging throughout the year, with a total of 8 blogposts done. TypeScript has continued to be a big topic for me all year, with Webpack entering the fray as a technology that provides some nice options to get even more out of TypeScript. This year I have had to turn down my speaking engagements to just a few, at least for the time being, so I could spend the time with my daughter.

I am glad I was reawarded as a Microsoft MVP for the third year running, so I look forward to being back at the MVP summit next year. With all that is happening at Microsoft, it seems as good a time as ever to be part of discussing new tech and the possibilities it provides.

Travelling

The big event of the year for my family was our trip to Saint Mateu in Spain. We spent a month there, in a house that we rented, so we were able to have a normal routine instead of living out of a suitcase. We looked for a city where we could spend some quiet time, and without too many tourists. I can definitely recommend taking a trip like that as part of maternity leave – with services like homeaway, it is very doable without it being too costly. We love the way of life in Spain, and I can only say that feeling has been enforced, so we hope to take another trip like that in the not too distant future.

Turning back time

In last years review I wrote a bit about the problems I have had with my back and neck, now that I am closer to 40 than I am to to 20. I am glad to say that I feel like I have been able to turn back time a bit, with my new training scheme. I have been pretty consistent with my training, and even in the late part of the year, where I have had a hard time finding the time to do Tacfit with the guys, I have kept up training at home, and improved my mobility quite a bit, which translates to less pain and just feeling better.

Who am I?

My name is Christian Holm Diget, and I work as an independent consultant, in Denmark, where I write code, give advice on architecture and help with training. On the side I get to do a bit of speaking and help with miscellaneous community events.

Some of my primary focus areas are code quality, programming languages and using new technologies to provide value.

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