Derik Whittaker



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My goals for 2008

Since this is the new year I thought I would start of by setting my goals for 2008.  I have a strong belief that you cannot obtain success without first defining your objectives and then working towards achieving them.

Catchup on new technology/tools

Over the past year I have been a little lazy and have not spent a lot of time keeping up with new tech.  My vow for 2008 is to catchup on what I missed.  Some of those are:

  • MVC (I know, it just came out)
  • Linq
  • Ruby/IronRuby (when it is our)
  • More WPF/WFF stuff

Attend more conferences

Last year the only thing I attended was MOSSCamp in Chicago.  I wanted to attend the initial Alt.Net event in Austin, but due to work issues I could not.  Here are a few on my list.

  • CNUG meetings
  • An event
  • Microsoft PDC

Get more involved in the .Net community

One of my goals for 2007 was to start blogging and try to work my way into the community.  I feel I have done this a little, but I really would like to give it more effort this year.

Blog more

I would like to start blogging more about the new tech I am playing with.  I would also like to start more blogging on the theory side of development.

Read more

In 2007, I think I only completed 1 book.  Shame on me for that.  I am currently compiling a list of books I would like to read, and I have find a way to make time in my life to read them.

Finish my MS Cert's

Since I already passed the first cert on the MCTS path, i might as well take the next one and get it done and over with.

Till next time,

Posted 01-01-2008 6:29 PM by Derik Whittaker
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sam young wrote re: My goals for 2008
on 01-02-2008 1:06 AM

Hey Jayson,

I have an interview for a PFE .NET position pretty soon. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and wanted to find out if you give some pointers on the kind of questions asked in the screen.



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