Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year Resolution

A lot of things happened in the year 2014.  A lot of people to thank to, also a lot of people to apologise to...

Thanks to ViSenze who gives me various chances to learn different skills.

  • I worked out my first java project with highly professional team members.  I learnt how to translate business requirements into user cases, how to initiate execution plans and prioritise, how to design a system in a more elegant manner, how to code java properly, Spring, Akka, Unit test, Angular.js, etc. 
  • I worked out the first version of iOS sdk based on the Java sdk and Faceplusplus iOS sdk
  • I worked out a demo site based on the PHP sdk and fixed a few bugs in the PHP sdk.
  • I learnt to be more careful implementing front end CSS and HTML and be a more detailed person.
Thanks to all the helpful people in the company who would like to share their knowledge and expertise, especially to Guangda who helped point out my problems straightforwardly no matter how naughty I am, to Dejun who helped guide my technical skills, to Siyuan and Pengjun who helped solve a lot of things together, to Pengjie who taught me how to think like a designer and project manager, to Vincent who encouraged me every now and then, to Oliver who showed us what business professionalism really means, to Victor, Vasanth, Shirely for being patient and helpful and also many personal thanks to Linlin, Depeng, Song Zheng, Xu Fan, Gao Ge and Li Shen.

To be frank, the people I need to thank most are those I need to apologise most. I should have worked harder and met a better standard. I shouldn't have let them down. 

For the new year, I wish I can be a better iOS developer. After trial and errors, I realised that I am more passionate about making something people can use. I care more about the way how things are delivered to the user instead of the very hardcore backend system operational level issues. To some extend, I've got to pick one or two areas that I myself should be really good at. Otherwise, I am highly replaceable.  Quality is important, quantity is somewhat more important as a junior. I still strongly believe in Agile development where things are make better iteratively. Same for technical skills and project experiences.  I foresee myself to do 3-5 iOS projects in the year 2015, including discussing, wire-framing and actual coding. In between, I will also need to do some front end projects to continue polishing my front end skills. Hopefully(I will) by the end of year 2015, I can proudly present one app which is really useful and good in UX/UI. That's my resolution for the new year.

It is not a right time for me to do a startup, both technical wise and connection wise.  However, it is also not responsive if I work in a company and have something else in my mind. I've got a small little dream that I can create a small and beautiful company making great products. I do work hard on that goal. However, these personal dreams can sometimes conflict with the current job I am working on. The more time I invest on my dream, the less commitments I can make for others. This conflict can really mean something. I may have to choose between one and another. It's a tough decision but I'll consolidate that in the first week of 2015.