Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Begin June

Today marks one month into my summer vacation. Things are going well. I managed to read two tech books, read a lot of web pages, loved my trip to New York, worked, gardened, saw episode III, and created my first pod-cast. I feel a lot of pressure to upgrade my programming skill set, but at the same time, I am also feeling overwhelmed by the depth of the options that surround me. What technology should I spend my time studying? There is a lot of time to do it, but I really need to sit down and focus my efforts on one for a while. .NET technology, Java, C, C++, C#, playing with Unix? I really don’t have a good answer for that one at this time. All I know is that I need to do something, as it becomes paralyzing the more I don’t do anything.

June should be another great month. I hope that I am able to finish Algorithmics, and finish reading Godel, Escher, and Bach (which I started a year ago). After that I would like to read Code Complete, and The Mythical Man Month. We’ll see how much I get done. GEB isn’t easy, and as I stated in my pod-cast, the study of Algorithms isn’t exactly a walk on the beach for me. In addition to reading, June has presented me with another opportunity for travel. At the end of the month I will be off to NECC, which will be held in Philadelphia. It will be a lot of fun to see what the educational computing people are pushing. I will try to take a lot of pictures and give a nightly update while I am there.

Today at lunch, I stopped by Boarders to pick up the June edition of Wired Magazine. Steven Spielberg is featured on the cover for his re-invention of War of the Worlds. As always, I enjoyed eating my lunch in the mall while trying to catch up on what Wired thinks is well… wired. If I wasn’t already going to be in Philly over June 24-26, I think that it would have planned to attend NEXTFEST.2005 – The Wired World’s Fair in Chicago. GE is a major sponsor, and from the 40-page section about it in the magazine this month, it looks to be very interesting.

1 comment:

C u r t i s said...

Hey Joe, I have a suggestion: SQL. As you know I'm looking for work right now and that's what I've been advised to pick up... that being said I've just been googling stuff for the past day or two, I haven't purchased any books. My two cents.