27 January 2017

JHipster - Spring Code Generation

A month and a bit ago, I wrote about Ruby on Rails, comparing some nice features it has over the lack of similar Spring features.

Specifically, application structure/code generation, and automated database migrations.

While it's still true that you get a lot of features baked in to vanilla Rails that you just don't get with Spring, I've recently discovered a bunch of Spring projects that provide these features.

Probably one of the most extreme/exciting is JHipster, which is a tool that brings together loads of other projects in a easy and consistent way.

20 January 2017

"And what do you do?"

This Wednesday (18th), I attended the SME Cambridgeshire Communications & Awards Masterclass networking event in Cambourne, to learn more about effective business communication and do some networking. It was definitely worthwhile attending, but I also learned something very interesting that wasn't part of the presentations.

I didn't have a really nice, clear, interesting answer to "And what do you do?"

9 January 2017

Plans for 2017

Happy New Year!

The dawn of a new year inspires a reinvigorated approach to freelancing, which I'm excited to get cracking on! My main areas of focus are:

  • In addition to keeping up with Java developments, broaden my knowledge and experience across other languages, frameworks, and approaches. Not just web. 
  • Broaden my knowledge still further to other non-development areas of IT, such as business strategy, infrastructure, team and project management.
  • Actually market myself!

I'm looking forward to getting to the stage where I have established processes for the logistical side of freelancing, which can only really be achieved by doing it. I'm putting myself in the best possible position beforehand though by researching as much as I can, and at least being aware of things I may need (or need to do) before I need them.

Exciting times ahead!