I will soon be completing my first year working as a software engineer. An year ago, I was an eager college student and was dabbling in open source stuff heavily to make up of the extra time that I had spent in college. I had the prerequisite knowledge to be a developer even before college, but in India, you are worthless if you do not have anything on paper, but are deemed to be knowledgeable if having degrees and certifications.
To start off with, I consider myself lucky to be in my present job, last year during my fifth semester, a trip to various local companies to 'test the waters' proved out to be an opportunity in disguise. I was interviewed and then selected without much fanfare. During the first day as an intern(my last semester involved industrial training) I jumped headfirst into connection pooling using spring, which was required here and there was no looking back (In direct contrast to people working in multinationals, who with much fanfare start their training - but later migrate to management as growth as a developer is restricted).
Among other things, I was having a java and ruby background and was started as a java developer. One of the perks of being in a product company is you have time and opportunity to try out, learn and explore new stuff all while doing your job.
After working considerably in the RnD over product development, I was put to test in scaling web scraping applications, porting of our product in .net platform and creating a keyboard/mouse capture application for assembling a test management mashup during the course of the previous year. Although I miss web applications a wee bit, the middleware and logic is what keeps me busy. On a parallel basis, I am into lot of books involving me to be a better developer. The Clean Coder, The passionate programmer,
With regards to updating my blog with the new stuff once every month, I learnt and made some interesting excercises during my free time, but paucity of time as well as my frequent forays in dzone and other knowledge portals led to cancellation of various blog posts. I am thinking of reverting to small posts providing a high level overview of technology practices that I consider important in current scenario instead of writing tutorial like posts.
Am having quite a few of these items in my mind, and will post them as the time allows.