Your plans for 2016?


#1

Happy New Year!

What are your plans for 2016?

I want to learn Elixir and Elm :slight_smile:

In non-programming related, I want to move - somewhere warm! :lol:


#2

Development

I want to integrate Elm into more of our products. I will steer towards more offline friendly techniques. I am also interested in exploring so called “serverless” stacks. API Gateway w/ Lambda or Pouchdb syncing with CouchDB for a backend.

Business

Would like to add another >1000 net new subscribers next year.

Me

Be more positive and supportive towards others. Have lunch with my kids at school.


#3

I think I am going to look at learning/using Sketch too - really like what I see so far :slight_smile:


#4

That looks nice. I’d be interested in your feelings on that after you’ve used it for a while.


#5

This is worth a look too https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo - a good photoshop alternative and currently on offer :slight_smile:


#6

Ok have used it a fair bit now and I really like it! It’s perfect for app/web design :023:

If you want to do logo creation or professional print work then illustrator is better because it has more features, more colour modes etc. The simplicity is definitely a plus point tho - it’s really easy to use.

The only other downside I think is price - if other programs competing with Adobe products like Affinity photo can sell for £39 ($55) including taxes then it makes Sketch seem a little expensive at £82 ($117) - I think £49 ($71) is the perfect price point.


#7

It does look rather nice. Design is painful for me, so anything that makes that easier it a win! Maybe I can expense it… :slight_smile:


#8

There is a free trial too :slight_smile:


#9

Or you can just use GIMP or Krita which are both free and open source :grin:


#10

I always liked Gimp, but I find it mostly inadequate as a design tool. Great for getting into photos and stuff, but too many road blocks for me. I need a tool that geared towards web design.


#11

Keep in mind Sketch/illustrator is vector based - that with its tools, resources just makes it much better for modern app/web design imo…


#12

Design… I think I’m going to add “improving my design skills” to my 2016 plans.


#13

Now that Affinity Designer has artboards it is worth a look too. It’s also much closer feature-wise to Illustrator…


#14

For 2016 I want to

  1. learn enough Japanese to be conversational.
  2. author a library/project that’s foundational to the opensource community
  3. launch a commercial project
  4. become physically conditioned and have a good pattern of physical discipline
  5. create teams/community in programming, parkour, and running
  6. be a leader

#15

I like that it’s half the price of Sketch 3 :slightly_smiling:

I’ve been doing some small design things with the Sketch 3 trial. It’s been pretty easy to get into. At least for simple things. Affinity looks pretty sharp though.


#16

You can get the trial here @kofno https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/signup/trial/designer/


#17

For 2016:

  1. Learn Elixir / Phoenix
  2. Javascript (Angular, React, Elm??)
  3. More blogging

My mantra for 2016 is “I love Javascript because I said so”. :smile:


#18

Watch this space for Elixir and Elm forums :003:


#19
  1. Writing more test and used to TDD.
  2. Learn Swift and release at least a mobile app in the appstore
  3. Start a video or podcast series about Ruby or any tech

#20

Nice one @ndrx42

I’ve bought a Udemy course on Swift so might give it a go one day too :lol:

Screencasts get a thumbs up from me too! :023: