2019 was a fairly uneventful year for me in terms of professional accomplishments, but nonetheless it was excellent in terms of challenging some old beliefs and reevaluating the way I am in the world.
To continue my Vue journey from 2018, I re-upped my subscription to Vue Mastery which allows me to quickly keep up with fundamentals of Vue.
So as far as things I’ve actually made, I made a working prototype of a page builder using Vue as the front-end and Firebase to store the pages. It’s a really cool concept that has gained a couple hundred views and some interest since I uploaded it to YouTube in February 2019.
There’s so many design tools / page building tools out there, but none of them make it absolutely dead simple for editors to make pages. I plan on continuing development of this in 2020 and maybe making the code public.
I really dove into Drupal 8 this year, particularly with Acquia’s BLT, configuration management, and component-based theming. I anticipate several blog posts coming from what I’ve learned about those these topics as my understanding grows and I become more comfortable with them.
I successfully created (at least an alpha/beta version) of a Pattern Lab component library at work. The library is integrated directly into Drupal 8 so the Pattern Lab and Drupal 8 share the exact same Twig template code.
I presented at an accessibility conference with my colleague Pranay about the gains our website has made in regards to accessibility and what the journey has been like. I think this was my first “official” public speaking commitment and considering how much I used to fear it, I think it was a home run.
Technology aside, when I think back on the year, 2019 was dominated by a personal growth process that played out in more of an “adult” way than ever before. I took inventory of how I act in relationships and tried to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t. “Boundaries” could be described as my word of the year and it’s a very liberating word. There’s entire fields of study on this and it’s indeed a rabbit hole that’s worth going down if you’re feeling pulled in many directions.
That about wraps up 2019! I’m looking forward to a healthy, productive 2020 in all dimensions of my life and wish the same for everyone reading this!