Becoming a better person, developer..

I have been a little lazy over past couple of months.  Should bring in more self motivation to my life.  I am planning to use this blog as my Self Motivator. I share what I am planning to do and what I did.

That being said, Justice Gray blogged on “How I am becoming a better developer, part 1 of infinity -“ by posting his goals to the public. This blog entry is based on simple idea – have your goals written and share it with someone. Cool.

I was not tagged by anyone (read Justice Gray blog ) , but am greatly inspired by the above blog entry. I am trying to experiment  myself by writing my goals and sharing with you.  This, in a way is kind of self motivator.  Here goes what I am planning to do for the rest of the year.

  1. Health
    Yes, I am a programmer and I spent most of my day sitting. I also have a bad eating habits. I am putting Health as my first priority for obvious reasons. . I am planning to join a Basketball Club. At the least, I will be jogging every day. If anyone of you live in Chennai and would like to play basketball, do drop me a mail.
  2. Read Two books every month
    I would be reading two books a month. I have a very long list of books to read. Each month, I will post an entry on what books I am planning to read and at the end of the month do a retrospect about my reading.
  3. Learn Agile Methodologies.
    Agile Methodologies….. Of course, Agile is my Favorite subject. The more I read about it, the more I feel ignorant about it. So, a more disciplined approach is required to acquire the skills to become a better developer. I will be learning about these

    1. Unit Testing
    2. Continuous Integration
    3. Build Automation
    4. TDD
    5. and the list will go on
  4. Share What I learn
    Here comes the part which shows/proves the public that I am really pursuing my goals. I will be blogging about what I learn very often. This blog is going to have more code like Algorithms, Data Structures etc under Code Kata.
    I will also be building some “Breakable Toys” To start off, I will be building an ASP.NET AJAX oriented CallTaxi System. My Breakable Toys would be kind of workable systems that are developed for the sake of learning. If you have any better ideas on projects, please do drop a mail. I would like to join with you or you can join with me to develop Breakable Toys.This year, I would also be speaking in any of the USER groups. I want to bring back life to Chennai Agile User Group which had only one meeting so far.
  5. Read & Understand code of an Open Source
    I will be spending time to read code filed under CodePlex. I will be also spending time to read & understand code from Castle Project
  6. Learn a new Language
    A low priority, but definitely on list is to read a new language this year. This could be Ruby and Rails.
  7. Make New Friends.
    Make some new friends this year who share the same passion as I have. Do drop a mail and we shall meet and network

Author: azagappan

Hi.. I am Azagu. I live in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. I am a .NET developer. You can reach me at azagappan at

3 thoughts on “Becoming a better person, developer..”

  1. Great. I am inspired by your blog. You know, I have been visiting your blog quite often because of the quality of the content but more than once you post something and then I see a long gap and don’t know what happened to your goal. This time around, I hope you will be able to accomplish what you want to. Good luck and all the best.

  2. Hey!

    I really liked the fact you focused on also being a better person – that’s key to being a better developer to some degree. No amount of technical skill makes up for a lack of personal skill, unless you’re constantly doing projects with a team of one. =)

    Keep writing!

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