Happy New Year 2009

I hope everyone reading this blog a very happy and safe new year and I wish you all the best in 2009.

My 2008 turned out to be a pretty great year in general so I'm eager to see what 2009 brings. With a couple large jobs already underway, a new version of Magento just released and a lot of personal projects begging to be either completed or just started, it looks like it will certainly be busy!

One change is that I most likely will not be continuing my role as a project supervisor at Melbourne University, thus ending my three year run there. It was fun but full time work is too demanding on my time and far, far less frustrating. Although there are some good people at the uni, I honestly feel that the whole place is going to the dogs and that some of the people in power really don't have any idea what they're doing. Particularly disturbing is when people teaching engineering lack any kind of engineering skill.

I do look forward to having some time to do some work updating and expanding the range of Fontis Magento extensions. 2008 was the first year I made a real contribution to an open source product and I feel a great sense of achievement for having done so. Overall responses to our extensions have been positive and I have been thanked for quite a few people for releasing Australian extensions. I'd like to say a big thank you in return – I truly appreciate hearing that the work that I and my colleagues at Fontis have done is helpful to people.

One of my new year's resolutions is to post here more frequently, and hopefully I'll end up following through on it. It does require a fair amount of dedication to write stuff regularly.

Here's again to a fantastic 2009!