2011: a tale of two cities (part 1)Dec 30, 2011
This is my 2011 retrospective. A year that has been a life-changing one for me. In the first part of it I write about what took place in Valladolid.
Last year I didn’t write a retrospective of the ending year. I just wrote about how 2010 was the end of an era (and a job) for me. I want to change that and tell you how this year has been for me. It will be a long post (it has two parts!) so I hope it makes up for my six months disappearance of the blogosphere.
As I just wrote I started the year unemployed. My last job had burned me out from my head to my feet nails. I still loved the profession but I wanted to take advantage of my situation (I had no rent to pay back then) and find a company where I could do things right.
I had plenty of time so I could read and practice a lot. I kept learning Ruby and fell in love with it. That love will be the cause much of what had to come during the rest of the year.
Back in 2010 I started getting involved with the Spanish agile community. That brought me the chance of meeting a lot of interesting people. A few of them lived in the same city I did. They had created a local community in which I also got involved. That was the start of a few awesome friendships.
One of this awesome people had just started a new company and needed some help with the development. He offered me the chance to help them and I didn’t hesitate to take it. That’s how I started learning Groovy and Grails (and fell even more in love with Ruby).
The company was located in Madrid so I started spending more time there than I used to (my girlfriend lives in Madrid so I usually was in the city 2 or 3 weekends per month).
A week in Be Code
In February I had the chance to finally spend a week in Valencia with the awesome crew of Be Code. That week was one of the most important ones of 2011. The conversations I had there with Xavi shook my world and made me think a lot.
I wrote a series of blog posts back then telling how was each day I spent there. They went offline with my old blog but I wanted to bring them back online (in a bible-length post) as a way of saying thank you. I wrote them in Spanish and they will remain that way.
All together now, and then
In march an awesome event took place in the surroundings of Valladolid: All Together Now I took part in it and teamed up with Germán and Abel for the first time.
It was also my first kind-of-real experience with Rails which I pretty much enjoyed dragging me even more into the red-side.
A pet project was born
On April I released my home-built blog. I started it as a way of learning some Cucumber, Sinatra and Haml and ended up learning a lot more. The funny thing is that I built up some knowledge that helped me a lot with was about to come.
The chance I was waiting for
May is one of my favourite months. It’s the month I was born on. The weather starts to be awesome. Summer is coming… But this year it brought me a dreamed chance: being Enrique Comba’s apprentice.
I can remember perfectly the Sunday I switched my computer on and read the post. I was shocked and thrilled. I opened vim and started coding right away. I didn’t stop until I had it done. On Monday morning I had already submitted my solution. All I could do was waiting.