Best of the 2012

2012 was a big year for me in all possible aspects:

Personal.

The year began perfectly: I married the best UI designer, I ever met.

It happened in April, and we then spent two great weeks in Paris as our honeymoon.

The year ended in a pretty unexpected manner: in December we’ve moved to Berlin, Germany, home of some of the greatest mathematicians: I’m currently writing this lines from street, named after Rieman, eating cookies, named after Leibniz.

Professional.

The whole year I was working as a full-stack (with the emphasis on Scala) web developer for The New Motion. In a process of moving to Berlin, I had to find another job, preferably in Scala: I was obviously not going back to Java. After lurking for some time, I just posted a question on quora. Which resulted in my future employment as a developer at deltamethod. I’m still in the process of obtaining work permit, but already looking forward to working with some great machine learning and natural language processing algos!

Education.

Last year I attended Stanford’s Algorithms course and a course on Scala, taught by Martin Odersky. This year I’ve already started the second part of the course on algorithms, a course on calculus from Penn (at the university I always struggled with calculus, and decided to deal with this beast once and forever), and, on the advice of my future colleague, a course on machine learning from Caltech.

Books and papers.

Some reads, that I enjoyed most in 2012 include (in no particular order, some with comments, some not):

Currently reading:

Planning to read:

Except for stuff, mentioned earlier, I’m also planning to read those:

Misc.

In 2012 I, beeing an emacs adept, finally decided to try vim. I liked some of its ideas, therefore my emacs config now uses evil-mode. I also learned to touch-type this year (Yes, I know, most of the people learn this at school or at the college. Unfortunately I did not, so I had to catch up).

I also commited to several open-source projects last year: scalaz, haskellers, roy (created a maven plugin and an emacs mode for it). One of my small scala projects, poi.scala even got mentioned in scala 2.10 release notes.

I also gave a small talk on scalaz for a local scala user group.

Conclusions.

2012 was a great year. Hopefully, 2013 will be even better. Happy New Year!

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