Gosh, it’s been six months since I’ve said anything on this blog. I was beginning to wonder myself whether I’d ever come back or if this just would become yet another decaying corner of the Internet. Anyway, things have been quiet around here for several reasons.
First, there’s just been a lot going on in my world, and blogging (and tweeting and facebooking) has been pretty low on the priority list. None of it is worth broadcasting to the entire world on the Internet, but suffice it to say that it’s been a very heavy year.
Second, I finally realized I really needed a break after ten years slugging it out on VB. I knew I was burned out when I changed jobs, but I don’t think I knew how burned out I really was. The last year has been very therapeutic in that I’ve mostly just kept my head down, showed up at work, and did the work of the average developer-write code, fix bugs, etc. That’s been great, and I had forgotten how much fun it is to just. write code. It’s not the only thing I want to do in my life, but it’s been very nice after the roller coaster of 3.5 major versions of VB to just show up, do my job, and go home. I think I’m now starting to look beyond that, but there you are.
And, finally, I do try to live by the maxim that “if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say it.” Working on M has been fun, but it became clear to me around the time of my last blog post just how much I didn’t know about what I was talking about. (In fact, I owe several corrections on my previous blog post, which I’m working on.) That’s been OK, though, since clearly my team has also gone through several rounds of figuring out what we’re doing, too. It does feel like we’re reaching one of those inflection points where things are about to get a whole lot more clear about M, which is great and maybe means I’ll have more to talk about.
So, yes, I’m still alive. We’ll see how much I have to say.
(By the way, sadly, I won’t be at PDC this year, so have fun without me!)
Good to have you back, sir.
I have tried very hard to get excited about Oslo – M in particular. As a longtime dabbler in parser technology, I thought it was something I would love immediately. Hasn’t happened, and I can’t figure out why.
I have always liked stream-of-conciousness blogging you used to do on VB. Maybe if you do the same thing about M, like just write a bit about your thoughts between your last blog post and this one, it might help observers like me understand M better.
Oh, and VB misses you. VB 2010 is *very* close to being the perfect language for a certain class of people, and it could do with some bard work. There’s no one left to do that.