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Tim Hibbard has tagged me, so here goes...

Meet more developers
Not so long ago I posted about a new user group in my area (well, 1hr drive away) yet I am still to attend a meeting, I really must; I know very few developers and I have no doubt I could learn a great deal from attending such event and hopefully enjoy the whole thing!

Targeted Reading & Learning
I do spend a lot of time reading, researching and playing with new stuff but need to target my reading/learning. 
I tend to read loads of articles and blogs and probably watch 1 or 2 webcasts a month but rarely to I take the subject further by writing my own apps etc. which is daft because I am very much a "learn by doing" kind of person.
I have recently purchased a book on WPF so this is to be the start of it! Read the book and build some apps along the way.  Also on the scope is Silverlight 1.1, Enterprise Library (prime example, I use it and know enough to get by but not to excel).

Communication...
I need to learn to be a better public speaker, in fact just a better speaker, period.  But how does one learn to just speak up???  I often struggle to get my idea across to the necessary people and generally don't speak up enough in meetings etc.  Generally in 1 to 1 situations I am OK but in crowds I more often than not let others speak.

Masters Degree (Msc)
I have recently completed my application to study an MSc in Computer Science at one of the UK's top 10 uni's.  Study will be part-time, undoubtedly involving huge time commitments from me and it will be technically difficult but I do believe that everything and anything is easy (perhaps easier!) to do if you WANT to do it.

I tag Martin Hinshelwood

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:02 PM | Back to top


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