Alive and Kickin’
Since I started this website I used to lie to myself that soon I’ll really take care of the blog and update it more often. This is not going to change. I still have a hope that eventually I will have more time, and I will write more frequently, and Duke Nukem Forever will be released. Some may think that only the third of these dreams has a chance to get fulfilled someday, but I didn’t say the last word.
What kept me occupied during the last months, apart from my daily job?
- The book. In 2006 I was asked to translate The Book on Rails: Agile Web Development with Rails to Polish. I thought it was a great opportunity to learn the framework and even be paid for this. So I agreed. It took three missed deadlines, six months of labour and seven hundred pages. I found out that translation isn’t the best way to learn programming. Yet, it’s pretty good to learn how to write. I had a lot of fun working with the text and arguing with my über smart proofreader and Ruby hacker, Daniel Owsiański. The book will be published by leading Polish publishing house, Helion, and should hit the shelves soon.
- The web app. Everybody is working on one right now so why can’t I? As soon as I had finished the book, a friend of mine, Tomasz Korzeniowski, gave me a proposal to build a small web application. While I won’t be able to write any Rails code here, it’s a great chance to work with a bunch of talented people with pragmatic attitude. We don’t want to conquer the world (in the first release) but we are determined to make the darn thing happen. For me it will be an opportunity to test in practice iterative, user-centered design process, as I’m responsible for interaction design. Soon I’m going to write more about the project itself and our approach.
- The switch. After ten years of living behind the windows I joined the cult of Steve. Being a Mac user in Poland is a SAD (if not depressing) experience but the faith is strong within me.