Test Driven Development

Being a QA engineer for most of my career along with my interest in programming I am particularly keen to get familiar with TDD.

Unit tests have always been a black box to me (and to many QA’s I’m sure) so it will be interesting to see how they written and where they can be improved.

Work, hobbies and the Chimp Paradox

I’ve got a lot of hobbies and interests and often want to do everything at once with the net result being I make little progress on any particular area.  In addition I also want to achieve and go beyond my work goals.

For me this epitomizes my ‘Chimp Paradox‘.  This was the main motivation for me in setting up this website and blog as it gives me an outlet to express and deal with this ‘conflict’ whilst at the same time putting a structure in place to be more productive in future.

Work and beyond

In summary I want to…

  1. Keep up to date
  2. Read work related books
  3. Work on projects to build my technical knowledge in the context of work
  4. Be creative in your spare time

Drawing – The Plan

Not much time to spend on drawing this year and most of next until I get my Python and Java training done.  For the second half of 2018 the plan is to step up the drawing and Data Science.

Feel like I’ve made some progress with my drawing over the past couple of years; albeit in piecemeal fashion, but looking at making a more concerted effort within the next year.

So the plan for now is to continue doing some sketching when I’ve the time and then back to complete my training  on the following (strike-through when done) :

Get this training done (December 2018) and then time to start working on some of my personal projects in 2019 along with my transition to digital.

Programming – The Plan

Currently working on course 5 (the final one) of the Python Specialisation on coursera. Aim to get this done by end of August 2017 and then focus on my Java Certification with the aim of completing during March 2018.

At the same time continue my learning for career advancement along with my hobby projects.

Map it Out

Python Specialisation -> Python code on Unix Format & Coding Academy mags > Data Science

 Java in Work -> Java Programming  -> ‘Better’ Java in Work

Will keep learning on the fly by listening to related podcasts.  Currently listening to How to Program Java

Have also created an account on meetup.com so that I can start participating in a communities to help me with my learning.

From training to experiences on my learning paths and hobby projects I’ll blog all the interesting stuff I learn along the way.