January 1, 2013

First off let me say that I don”t like to make new year”s resolutions. I also don”t usually look back and analyze or review. However, this year I”m capturing some of the past partly because my memory seems to gets worse each year. By putting this down on paper I have something to remember this year by as well as to compare to next year.

I”ve listed some things I did, worked with, saw, used, etc. (not necessarily in order of importance)

# Devices Galore

Given the nature of the work that I do, I end up buying devices as they come out, if I feel that I will need or want them. Only after making a list do I realize how many significant devices launched this past year and how many I used or felt were important.

  • iPad 3 Verzion LTE (Mar)
  • Retina MBP (Jul)
  • Nexus 7 8GB (Jul)
  • iPhone 5 AT&T LTE (Sept)
  • Mac Mini (for blog, Sept)
  • iPad Mini Verizon LTE (Nov)
  • Surface RT (Nov)
  • Nokia Lumia 920 AT&T (Dec)
  • Apple TV – Gen 3, (Dec)

Of these devices I used the retina MBP tons every day. I used the iPad 3 a lot from Mar-June but then as I shifted focus to iPhone app development I used it very little. Once the iPad Mini came out in November I found myself very rarely using the iPad 3 (perhaps I should sell it?).

The Surface RT is a great device but suffers from a lack of good apps. The Nokia Lumia 920 replaced an android phone (Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket) and really is a beautiful phone on a nice OS/UI. In 2013 I expect to be doing some x-plat development for Android and so I expect that the Nexus 7 will see quite a bit of use.

# Sharpening The Saw

2012 was the year I decided to focus on “sharpening the saw” by attending a few events.

I had never attended either event. Both are quite a bit different in scope although both were Apple centric. I hope to go back to both in 2013.

Besides these events I also subscribed to Tekpub, an online developer focused video education site.

# Work Projects

Mobile application development consumed the majority of the software development I did in 2012. Some of the projects/Apps I worked on included:

2012 was a great year for me in many ways. I am wishing you a blessed and prosperous 2013!