2021 In Review

Published: January 10, 2022

Despite living with a global pandemic (i.e. “the new normal”), the past year was a rather successful one for me.

I started 2021 with a new (= my current) job as a developer in the Salesforce universe and quickly found my bearings within my team. It’s an interesting position that’s pushed me into a somewhat unexpected full stack direction, meaning that I’ve been working with server side code, SQL databases, APIs and interfaces a lot more than I’d expected. That provides a lot of freedom when building customer specific solutions and learning/practising something new has also been quite satisfying on a personal level.

It wasn’t all fun and games though, especially when dealing with thousands, tens of thousands or even millions of records on a daily basis. Challenges like debugging legacy code, lack of test instances and monstrous relational databases occasionally lead me to the brink of exhaustion and/or frustration. I suppose that’s quite normal overall and I could always count on the support of my teammates in these few situations.

But enough of what I do at work now. Let’s have a look at what else I’ve managed to do last year. Here’s a somewhat chronological list:

For what it’s worth, that’s a lot more than I thought I managed to get done.

Anyway, I suppose I should stop rambling and wrap this up. So, here’s some final thoughts:

Most significant growth

  • Personal: moving from “no” to “maybe” more often and getting it done in half of the estimated time eventually
  • Professional: contributing to a team and/or larger projects, i.e. writing much more code that can be used and understood by others

Most persistent challenges

  • Personal: being active, i.e. leaving the notebook/tv/apartment (not kidding)
  • Professional: context switching and multi-tasking

Best _ of 2021

  • Game: Returnal
  • Movie: Nobody
  • Series: Squid Game

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