2011 Year In Review

This year has been a personal best form me. I’ll spare you the long winded summary and get straight to what I actually produced :)

Published my first DZone Refcard “Mastering Portals with a Portlet Bridge” http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/mastering-portals-portlet

Learned that CSS3 is replacing Photoshop http://wesleyhales.com/blog/2011/02/05/Replacing-Photoshop-With-CSS3-Creating-Styles/

Watched the entire Battlestar Galactica series on Netflix.

Mourned the loss of Stargate Universe

Posted this blog entry and later joined the RichFaces team because of it http://wesleyhales.com/blog/2011/02/16/Going-Mobile-With-RichFaces-4-Part-1-Drag-and-Drop/

Realized that my motivation on the portlet bridge project was exhausted http://wesleyhales.com/blog/2011/04/05/Does-Developing-Portlets-Make-You-a-Better-Developer/

However, I proudly took the project through passing the TCK http://community.jboss.org/people/wesleyhales/blog/2011/09/26/jboss-portlet-bridge-passes-jsr-329-tck

Had a lot of fun with @tech4j creating JBoss’ first mobile web demo http://wesleyhales.com/blog/2011/05/04/Runtime-Type-Detection-and-Usage-with-Weld/

Presented at JBoss World for the first time http://www.slideshare.net/wesleyhales/making-portals-cool-the-compelling-advantages-of-a-portlet-bridge

Read JavaScript The Good Parts (again)

Dressed up like a white bunny and had some fun with @burrsutter http://topsy.com/vimeo.com/27534958

Was in the right place at the right time at JBoss and took a new career path http://wesleyhales.com/blog/2011/07/04/My-New-Career-Choice-at-Red-Hat/

My wife gave birth to the sweetest, most beautiful baby girl in the whole world.

Formed Atlanta’s first HTML5 User Group http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaHTML5/

Presented at JavaOne for the first time http://community.jboss.org/people/wesleyhales/blog/2011/10/17/jboss-and-html5-at-javaone-2011

Proposed a new way to handle AJAX on mobile devices http://community.jboss.org/people/wesleyhales/blog/2011/08/28/fixing-ajax-on-mobile-devices

Wrote an article for HTML5Rocks.com http://www.html5rocks.com/en/mobile/optimization-and-performance.html

Watched all episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix

Lead the development of the RichFaces mobile effort http://community.jboss.org/people/wesleyhales/blog/2011/11/28/converting-existing-web-apps-for-mobile http://vimeo.com/31616425

Helped form Atlanta’s first JBoss User Group with long time friends from @shadowsoftnews http://vimeo.com/33795907

Signed a contract with O’Reilly Media to write a book called “HTML5 Architecture” coming soon… I hope ;)

Joined the native web apps community group @W3C http://www.w3.org/community/native-web-apps/

Overall I want to thank the people who have supported me and helped me achieve these things. There are too many to list, but you know who you are. I’m starting to realize that technology and trends are irrelevant. The thing that matters most are the people and communities behind them.

2011 has been a mind blowing year and I’m looking forward to topping it in 2012.