2018 In Review – Year of Change

This is the first entry of what I hope to be many review posts in the coming year. This year has been a roller coaster. From professional life to personal, things changed a lot. This post aims to document my year and goals and list of new goals for 2019.

Professional life

Day job

My professional life, fortunately, went exactly the way I planned. I wanted to work on product based companies in Mumbai. I left my job at Accion technologies limited as a technology leader and joined Zebpay as Senior Blockchain engineer.

As you all know, 2018 was the year of cryptocurrency and blockchain is the core technology behind it. I am not much interested in the money part but blockchain technology is something which catches my eye. Joining Zebpay gave me access to learn this technology plus I gained experience of handling backend application with millions of users.

Books

I published another book on Cosmos Database by Microsoft Azure. This is my third book in association with Packt. If you haven’t checked it yet, click here to read the sample.

Blog

I was planning to start the personal blog for so long and I am so glad I did this in 2018. As for Codeforgeek I have published 17 articles and launched Codeforgeek Pro version which is a membership plan for serious readers and followers.

17 articles is not good, I planned to write one article per week which should sum up to 48 articles a year + guest posts.

Products

We launched Spark in 2017 and received amazing feedback from the users.

This led us to start working on another product which we wanted to use for our own purpose first. Hashmailer meant to the email marketing tool with the business analytics.


We did good work on this and wrote tons of code from scratch. However, we did not meet our deadlines and got stuck in personal life (more about that later). I am a finisher and I don’t leave anything unfinished, I will finish this soon with some iteration.

Personal life

I got married this year and majority of my focus after the first half of 2018 was focused on the marriage which led to delay in some projects and other commitments.

Travel

I travelled good amount this year. In January I went to Coorg, a hill station in State of Karnataka In India. It’s a beautiful hill station with amazing waterfalls and tea plants.


I also visited Ahmedabad which in the State of Gujarat in May for business purpose. I had a chance to see riverfront over there.

After May, I got really occupied and did’t visit any other destination, except few bike rides with my friend.

After marriage, I went Himachal (Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Chandigarh) and it was the most memorable trip ever. I visited these place back in college with friends and revisiting made it more special.

And in the end of the year, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for a Umrah Pilgrim.

Summary

All together 2018 was a year of change for me. I missed few important things but gained tons of experience and can’t wait to progress ahead in 2019.

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