A week for personal development
Sadly, over time, my programming time at work is becoming less frequent. Doesn’t mean I don’t do stuff it’s just little by little most my time is spent on management things. Since I don’t want to get stalled and to give myself focus into other things I got last week off to see whatever I was capable of making. To my surprise it was time well spent.
Side effect: instead of five or six days it was down to four or less cause you know, everyone is busy these days ;)
So, what did I do?
Used Lektor to build this site
- 🔼 Read other people's code, which is nice.
- 🔼 Made some goodies with Make, Gulp and Bash to automate stuff.
- 🔼 Discovered that ARM servers are
- 🔽 It wasn't coding.
Simple app to use a website as a desktop application.
I wanted to do something with electron for some time now and since I use some webapps that I wanted outside of my browser this was a simple yet powerful ally for me.
I wanted it mostly to create a Netflix app because my main browser is Firefox and Netflix isn't working on it but I came into trouble when trying it out.
- 🔼 Tried electron.
- 🔼 Simple code, good results.
- 🔽 Widevine.
- 🔽 Packaging automation on release for every operating system without a decent server will force me to use jenkins, and I don't want to.
Print a simple docstring based on a given python module and a symbol name.
I wanted to use abtract syntax trees for something thinking it was more difficult than it really were, and it came to a simple script that print a docstring for a symbol that also could be easily integrated into my emacs setup, forcing me to document my projects more.
- 🔼 Used AST!
- 🔼 Made tests.
- 🔽 Understanding the AST wasn't as difficult as I expected.
Maybe in the future a note taking app.
After trying almost every note taking app out there mine are just files on a
Notes folder written in markdown syntax. Thinking about what I needed, it came just to a couple features, so I thought that creating an index of my notes in a sqlite database would be enough. Parsing files to normalize the information and using simple queries to look up for the data.
Right now I only made the file watcher and the database storage, there's a pull request on the works with some tests. It's not usable yet.
- 🔼 Forgot how fun was working with multithreading.
- 🔼 Getting the mindset to start bigger projects.
- 🔼 Now I know that fnmatch exists.
- 🔽 Got the feeling that the components are not as modular as they should be.
- 🔽 Not enough testing, solving it now.
- 🔽 Not documented, but time was scarce.
Other things I did:
- Started reading the pragmatic programmer and started to feel that it was money really well invested. Highly recommended to every developer out there. (Thank you @RusEu and @MiguelGR)
- Made a few Pull Requests to i3pystatus. Minor things but it felt rewarding.
- Made a simple plugin for lektor. Not published yet.
- Built a list of stuff to automate my laptop provisioning with Ansible even more.
- Tuned a little bit more my i3 configuration.
- Found out tools like codecov, scrutinizer and gemnasium.
- Learn things about open source projects (guidelines, contribution, CI, ...).
- Moved my site from a custom server to Firebase.
Things I miss:
- Doing something in another programming language. Not so long ago I tried golang and I got the feeling that I should have invested more time in this or a new one.
- Lack of documentation but you know, when there's not enough time...
- Focus on unit testing more than I did.
- Related with the above, should have tried to use TDD or another different development process.
- Not having a boilerplate to create projects and its integrations and base file tree, spent a lot of time doing it. It's silly because you're not creating tons of projects in a short period of time but it's a task that could be automated somehow.
Overall it felt really rewarding. I encourage everyone to get some time off to create new stuff, maintain your projects, create that tool you always wanted, research about that subject you read so long ago, etc.
I don't know when but I will surely repeat this.