This title sums up pretty well the last school year for me. I changed a lot of things in my programming(geek ?) life that I need to write a whole post about it.
First of all, I used to be a Linux user AND developer (for KDE) all the way. I used Linux primely on my desktop and my laptop. I used to be a KDE contributor until University took all my time. Up to that point, I managed to do all my stuff in Linux except for certain things that really required Visual Studio or a Windows-only program. Now I need Visual Studio more than ever, and since I was tired to swag my girlfriend’s laptop every time I needed Windows, I wiped out my Mac partition and installed Windows Vista. Oh the horror some might say, but nowadays I’m been using Windows 7 RC and there were much rejoicing. I haven’t felt the need to restore GRUB on my laptop and suspend-to-RAM is painless.
The seed that started this whole shift is when I was working on my summer work and I grew tired of writing the same CRUD database stuff and business rules. From this day, I decided that I needed something more challenging. Fortunately I was in the good curriculum, only my future goal changed.
Then I (re)found gaming. I thought games would be the challenge I was looking for.
When I started university, I have no intention to become a game developer, I didn’t play game that much for several years where in my young years I used to be a Nintendo freak. My goal when leaving University was to join a open source company to work on free software or find something that wasn’t related to IT(not custom apps for biz) or gaming. Now, I want to join a game company or maybe form my own with friends, time will tell.
Back to open source. Like I said, I was a big Linux user. I still think they are cool stuff in Linux and open source is nice. I still use a lot of free software. But the reality as a developer is slapping me back to the face. The fact is Windows is the dominant platform and if you want to get the most users, either you go the Web approach (which I kinda dislike) or you develop for Windows. Also, I want to be a game developer and Windows is THE platform for developing games no matter the target platform.
Beside my switch in careers goals, I also change a lot my mentality. Since the last months I’ve been reading a lot of books about software practices such a Clean Code, Agile Patterns Principles and Practices, Refactoring, Code Complete. I also read a lot of articles from Joel on Software. I might say that I got influenced a lot by those articles and that changed my way of thinkings about software.
Lots of changes. Lots of contracting ideas that I need to sort out and came out with the mixture that will work for me.