December 30, 2010

The year in summary

Another year is almost over. And as I did last year, I am making a blog post summarizing 2010. This excludes the events and meetups I had attended and been part of, for I had already posted one about it.

This blog turned one last May 12. A lot has changed in my use of Blogger compared to last year. I was able to make more blog posts, most with longer contents. The design and layout has been improved by updating the existing widgets, adding a lot more, and using Blogger Draft. These changes has been made because of the inspiration I gained after having a look at my blog's statistics (using Blogger Stats).

This year also marked the first "anniversary" of my accounts in Twitter (June 22) and Plurk (September 3). Last July 27, I already created an account in LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site. My LinkedIn profile is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jomartigcal. I also made an account in Delicious and signed up for Google Adsense, Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools.

This year, I continued studying about Android, Grails, Facebook API, and Twitter API. I also studied Plurk's API and Google APIs like Google Buzz API, Google Maps API and many more. However, I haven't really studied advanced topics yet. In the fast few months, I have been more focused on Facebook and Twitter. Now, I am developing a Facebook app, Post This, that allows users to post status updates in their Facebook wall and/or in their Twitter timeline. Also, I am still thinking of an app idea that will allow me to study, learn and develop "something good," like a nice Facebook or Twitter app.

Speaking of projects, I started a personal project, CvSEA (CvSU Student Election App). It is an open source app for student elections in CvSU (Cavite State University). It is based from Halalan, the open source voting system being developed and maintained by the UP Linux Users' Group (UnPLUG). I have started the development on the project while the talk with CvSU Naic Campus is still being done. The project is also hosted in Google Code. I also started doing a Google Chrome extension for GTUG Philippines while studying the advanced topics of the tutorial for making extensions.

I also have been more active in mapping using Google Mapmaker. There were some schools, establishments and places that I had mapped. I plan to continue doing this in the future. It is my goal to map at least one or two places every week, especially in my home town and province.

In the early part of the year, I became one of the group managers for GTUG Philippines. I'm one of those who post in the group blog and tweet using the group's Twitter account. As a group manager, I am also a member of the group for the worldwide managers of Google Technology User Groups. Now, I am listed as an organizer for GTUG Philippines chapter in the GTUGs directory page. This gave me a gtugs.org account and access to the chapter page, which I should update frequently.

It seems a lot has happened (and did not happened) this year. As 2011 comes closer, I will no longer make personal promises nor any New Year's resolution. I'll just do my best to accomplish my goals and make every day of the coming year the best day it could possibly be. So help me God.