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June 15, 2012

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Personal Development

It has been more then a year since I wrote about a new challenge. It’s been almost a year since I started working for Egeniq as a Junior Software Engineer and looking back it has been one of the best decisions in my life.

I write this sitting inside the WWDC convention center, something I couldn’t have dreamed of a year ago. The things I have experienced in the past year have been amazing and the personal development has been so steep it’s hard to imagine where I was a year ago.

As a PHP developer I joined Egeniq to start developing mobile applications. Starting here I knew I was going to learn iOS, and learning a new language is always exciting but also the progress I made in PHP has been astonishing. I learned writing proper API’s, working agile and working for big, big customers. The first major project I worked on was the RTLNieuws365 news application. I was involved in the original brainstorm sessions, all the way to making overtime to get the product finished on time (albeit only 1 day we had to do this). It was the first time I had actually seen a proper interaction design, a proper functional design and a proper technical design. We were responsible for most of the main parts, we set up the API, the application and the server infrastructure. I personally was involved in creating a huge part of the API and the application itself. Working alongside my colleagues, who I revered before joining Egeniq, and still do. The things that I now feel are ‘standard’ in application development, were a totally new concept a year ago. I cannot imagine going back.

As a software engineer at Egeniq we have multiple privileges, alongside the development devices we recieve (we work at home), I get to go to conferences. Where I saw Ivo for the first time on the first ever conference I been to, the conferences I visited last year is quite a list for me.

Starting with PFCongres, a 1-day PHP conference, onto the Apple TechTalks in London (Which me and Peter were fortunate to get into). After that we had Droidcon 2011 in Amsterdam and to finish it off I helped organize MDevCon 2012, which, according to its attendees was one of the best mobile conferences in the Netherlands to date.

Offcourse, last but definitely not least I am writing this from Moscone Center in San Francisco at the WWDC. I can only hope that the coming year brings as much as the last one did. But that definitely isn’t going to be the easiest thing in the world.

I also met great a lot people, off course my colleagues Felix, Allen and Lineke. Whom have helped me progress the way I have. Peter and Ivo, who have been amazing in supporting me during my first year at Egeniq and of whom I have the privilege to learn from everyday. Some of the biggest names in iOS development (Mike Lee, Matt Gemmell, Jeff LaMarche) and a lot of other people in the community. To all the people I met this year, thank you. Thank you for your knowledge, your puns and even just the time we chit-chatted. You all inspired me.

Going for another year, here are a few of my personal goals:

  • Become a speaker
  • Attend at least 3 conferences in different areas of expertise
  • Pickup android development
  • Increase my knowledge for both PHP and iOS
  • Write more (technical) blog posts

I hope, that one year from now I look back at this list, I can tick em all off. And maybe added some more accomplishments.

A year ago I quoted the late Steve Jobs when switching jobs.

If today were the last day of my life. Would I want to do what I am about to do today?

Yes.

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  1. Ivo
    Jun 20 2012

    Thanks man,

    You have no idea how rewarding and motivating a post like this is!

    And remember, you’re doing it yourself. We have merely recognized the talent and ambition to grow. I see it as my job to create opportunities and possibilities. The rest is up to you.

    Ivo

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  2. Patrick
    Jun 21 2012

    I have the exact same feeling since I switched jobs! First I was a little afraid to actually look at other companies, perhaps afraid to fail or just a lack of confidence. I took the gamble to switch and now I’m working my way up to become an actual devop. In the past month I’ve learned more than I did in a couple of months at my previous job and it feels great!
    It’s environments like these that allow (or disallow) people to grow. For company owners, managers etc. it’s important to recognize talent. For juniors (like myself) it’s important to find the right environment to develop yourself to the max.

    Keep learning, keep sharing :)

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