tl;dr, Typical end of the year post as you may expect.
Well, 2018 was a significantly productive year for me compared to other years, learned so many things which I wanted to, plus added more things to the bucket list for the coming year. And you know what I am only going to talk about those in this post.
Let me draw a timeline of the events happened this year:
- January :
- Installed Gentoo, finally, something I wanted to do after installing Arch but never got the confidence.
- Started out cook, a build system for me cause I could not get CMake.
- February :
- My first open source contribution, a small patch for Krita.
- Was working on another patch, sadly never completed it, hush.
- March :
- Another open source contribution this time for Inkscape, ohh yeahh.
- Took a session on Portage Package Manager in IIITD, first technical speaking experience, was tough, missed many points, no one cares now. 😛
- Raspberry Pi Jam, how can I miss it, the first time I tried my hands on any single board computer.
- April :
- Attended my first hackathon, fortunately, we never made past the initial pitch.
- Can use cook for my projects, my first project which made it to the usable stage.
- Installed LFS, you read that right, Linux From Scratch, though didn’t use it for more than a week.
- May :
- June :
- Got my domain, set up my mail, all the credit goes to Github to offer me those.
- Wrote a Lua script for doing the marvel intro in BlackMagic Design Fusion, something which opened a brand new domain for exploring to me.
- Redid my website and set up the current blog using hugo.
- My first patch for the flag module of Golang got merged, was only a doc patch nevertheless.
- Started working on a rasterizer, fragment.
- July :
- Was working on fixture, apart from that, Qt Forums was quite nicer than StackOverflow.
- August :
- As always I added another project, this time it was a ray tracer, coo, but recently I just dumped it and archived the repo, writing a ray tracer in c was not my cup of tea.
- Started learning CMake, finally, that scripting language is pretty ugly, but well CMake made my life a lot easier than thought.
- September :
- Round Robin-ing my projects, academics suck, such a lame month, I had.
- One year at India Linux Users Group - Delhi, wow.
- October :
- November :
- Multiple docs patches into Golang, which are, ermm, still not accepted, looks like my Pull Requests got lost in the heap, hope someone merges them.
- Tired of c, decided to write another ray tracer using c++ now, frey, unfinished, but has tests and docs, what more does someone want, 😝
- Bought a Raspberry Pi, yeah, finally, saved enough.
- December :
- Redid that marvel script for Nuke, this time in Python, with more features.
- Built my own image for the Raspberry Pi, thanks to BuildRoot to make this as easy as shopping on amazon.
- College sucks, the month which was the most productive had zero days of college.
- I have a lot of unfinished projects which I need to finish quickly before starting any more.
What did I learn?
- Can take a wild guess at the dimensions of Linux.
- Test-driven development is a nice approach, which prevents a lot of headaches.
- Interact more, unless you interact, you will be as idiot as you were yesterday.
- Pulling stunts is necessary, only after coming down, I realized what I did inside Adobe.*
*Only people who know me, will get this, 😉
The List 😆
- Complete both the rasterizer and the ray tracer.
- Learn Nuke, more aptly its Python API.
- Save enough for a 7” touchscreen for Pi.
- Do more patches for upstream projects.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
:wq for now.