Reduced development time :(

As I have mentioned before, I’m lucky enough to be able to take time off during the year to work on my projects, every time I take on a new contract my schedule goes out of whack.

When I’m not contracting, outside of real life commitments, I try to dedicate as many as 30hrs per week to work on my projects, when I’m contracting that isn’t possible, a 40hr week with travel doesn’t leave much free time.

The last two weeks have been an adjustment, I managed to log 5.5hrs the first week and 7.5hrs the second week, I’m on track for 10hrs this week.

Is this a real problem, no, the first world called and wants a tissue, the issue is expectations, during my summer of I steamed through my work, with reality hitting, productivity takes a nosedive. Eventually, Pivotal Tracker will update to show more accurate completion times; once I’m three sprints in, until then, it is frustrating looking at completion dates that are optimistic.

Why am I blogging about this? As the site byline says, I was musing.

Library updates and two new sites

I treated myself to a little time off after my contract ended, I’m back now and have a few minor updates.

There are new releases for two of my packages, v0.60 of the Zend view helper library and v1.04.1 of the Zend view helper code completion library. The view helper library now has initial support for the following Bootstrap 4 components;

  • Bootstrap 4 Badge component
  • Bootstrap 4 Button component
  • Bootstrap 4 Card component
  • Bootstrap 4 Jumbotron component
  • Bootstrap 4 Navbar component (lite)
  • Bootstrap 4 Progress bar component
  • Bootstrap 4 Multiple progress bar component

In the last week, I released two new single page sites, Transmute Coffee and Professional Coding: What to expect?, both are mere placeholders for now but will gain additional content soon ™.

Imminent return to contracting

I’ve taken the majority of the last two years off work to help my wife raise our new son and also work on my own project, Dlayer.com.

Dlayer is not yet ready for promotion but it has improved massively between July 2013 and today, I would have loved to get more done in the time I had but how does the Lennon quote go, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans”.

When CodeSpaces went out of business, like a lot of other people, I lost some stuff, in my case it was just the SVN history for Dlayer but it was still data that I valued and because of the loss I can only look back at Dlayer’s near past.

When I return to work I am going to add a sub domain to Dlayer.com showing  the before and now, mainly for my own purposes but if interested people can see how much it has evolved over time whilst still being very recognisable as Dlayer.

At the moment I am not sure how far back I can go, hopefully two or three years, I have a year of history on GitHub and I made manual backups occasionally by doing an SVN export.

I always enjoy going back to contracting, meeting new people, picking up new ideas, tackling a new problem and generally just working with peers, always something new to learn and you never know where it will come from.