2005 - A Year in Review

2005 was quite a year for me. I found my dream job, after contemplating what's next in my career only a few months earlier. I attended TheServerSide Symposium in March and created some great memories with James Goodwill. There's nothing like losing all your money and then winning it all back at 6 in the mornin'.

Other March highlights include:

April was a fun month, and started off with a me heading to work for Microsoft. The joke worked so well it was picked up by news.com. DU repeated as NCAA Champions (again). The MySQL Conference and wine-tasting with Julie (for our 5th anniversary) rounded out the month.

May was a whirlwind month, where I headed to Norway after barely renewing my expired passport on time. My PowerBook died on the way over, but I still had a great time. I was featured on TheServerSide and started planning AppFuse 2.0.

The summer flew by: I got biled by Hani, toured with the "Bomb Squad" at JavaOne, drove through Yellowstone, bought a new bike, learned more about Ruby and Rails at OSCON (and learned how much fun a smackdown can be), and watched Jack turn 1.

Then things got busy: I had a great time at Java in Action, started The Bus Project, and enjoyed the beauty of Keystone with Bender and Snyder at the Colorado Software Summit.

To round out the year, I traveled and attended conferences like I was possessed (New Jersey, NFJS, San Francisco and Florida). Abbie turned 3, Roller 2.0 was released and the WebWork joined Struts after a multi-year rivalry.

Phew, it's been quite a year folks. Here's to 2006 being even better! My goals for the year? Happiness, health and more car bombs with family and friends. ;-)

Posted in Roller at Dec 30 2005, 12:13:25 PM MST 1 Comment
Comments:

Hey Matt, I came across your BLOG almost 2.5 years back and, beleive me, your blogs are really entertaining, informative and reflects most of the times, our own lives. I am really amazed at various journeys you had been taking in your career and really admire your resolve to succeed in life. I have also bookmarked your BLOG entry wherein you had put your life story during dotcom burst when you were looking for work for almost 2-3 months. It's really amazing to see a person who went through that kind of experience during dotcom burst, to come out flying and being respected as one of the J2EE industry pioneers, of late. Only time will tell where you are headed in next few years. I wish you all success for the new year. You are an inspiration to all.

Posted by Karthik on December 31, 2005 at 04:46 AM MST #

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