Published: 25 January 2017
I picked up a lot of tips from these books, but for me the two main things which stood that I want to work on are the following:
Deliberate practice (or learning). This is about identifying a set of skills or techniques at which you are lacking, and then focusing your learning specifically towards acquiring those skills. For me as a programmer this means identifying certain technologies or techniques which I feel are lacking and the focusing on acquiring the skills to use those technologies / techniques.
One of the best ways to do deliberate practice (or learning) is by using a project based approach. So in other words, once I have identified those technologies, I create a real life project which makes use of those technologies and build it
So, with that in mind I have identified the first set of skills I want to acquire, as well as the project which will help me accelerate this learning process.
So for me the skills / technologies I want to learn are the following:
The project I have identified which will help me learn these skills will be called GeoToast. Basically it is about displaying a popup message (or toast) to users on your website based on their geographical location.
The idea for this first came about some years ago while I was still doing the ASP.NET Weekly newsletter. I thought that as I was doing traveling around the world, it would be cool to meet up with developers in the cities and countries I was visiting. One other way I thought of getting in touch with them was but displaying a notification on my blog, so that when someone visited from say Taipei, and I knew I was heading to Taipei soon, it could for example display a message like the following:
Hey, I am headed to Taipei from 1 February to 14 February and would like to meet up with some of my readers. Interested in meeting up? [Click Here]
That at a high level is the idea for the application. It will allow people to register on the GeoToast website and then create a list of messages which can be displayed to their website visitors based on the geographical location of that visitor. It will also allow them the embed a small JS file in their website which will make a call to the GeoToast API, and based on whether any of the message are applicable to that visitor’s location, it will display a nice notification somewhere on the screen to the visitor.
That is the very brief overview of the application. I will write more blog posts to share more details and things I have learned as I continue with the development of this project. Because I also want other developers to be able to learn from this, the project is open source and hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/RockstarLabs/GeoToast.
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