I wouldn’t say this list is really exciting by any means. But I thought I’d share the languages I’m continuing to focus on this year:
Objective-C / iOS Development
I’m still incredibly excited to work in objective-C. While my own App Store adventure has turned out to be lackluster, I had great fun co-developing and designing Idea Bucket. Fortunately, that experience provided two consulting opportunities involving native iOS development. I find the platform to be really challenging in a good way. Testing, maintainability, and organization will be my focus here this year.
Ruby / Rails
I admittedly did very little work in Ruby last year. In fact, I’d say less than 10% of my income was from Rails based projects last year. That being said, I still find ruby to be one of the languages I’m most comfortable programming and testing in. Ruby 2.0 and Rails 4.0 should both be released this year bringing a fresh sense of excitement to working on these projects once again.
Arduino / Rasberry Pi
Last year I bought a couple of kits for arduino and started to attend weekly hardware hacking meetings. That sort of thing fell off my radar after I got caught up with work. This year, I really don’t want that to be the case. This week is actually the first week I’m going to meet up with a friend (creating a ‘helping relationship’ in behavior design) to start what I hope becomes a weekly / monthly endeavor into playing around with hardware and code.