Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 31-35: BOOT CAMP: When Time Ticks Down

It's amazing how compressed time becomes at the tail end of a goal or the end of a commitment. In some ways the past week has been like a rocket. It's also part of the reason I've been less "chatty" on the blog, because I've really had very little time to do certain things.

Through the Selenium 1.0 Test Tools Practicum, I've added a couple of new tools to the list of new toys to learn and play with. The IntelliJ Java IDE and JUnit are part of the examples and tests I'm working through to complete Chapter 7, and it's taking me a little longer to get through than I anticipated it would (again, because programming is not a natural skill for me, it takes me a bit longer than some to get through and understand what I'm looking at and make sense of it, but I'm getting there.

The real challenge has been the fact that I've had to go through and look at what I'm actually doing, what still needs to be done, and determine what I can actually do and what I can't do. It's funny, we often think to ourselves, "ah well, there's always tomorrow", but it takes on a certain poignancy when those tomorrows are now very limited. To be direct, I have exactly three of them. after six years, I will not be coming to my three headed PC that I've called home for these many years, using my familiar tools, dealing with builds and issues and sand traps that I've mapped out. After Friday, someone else will need to navigate these waters, as it won't be me any longer. Part of me feels really strange about that. While I am looking forward to the new opportunities that my new job will bring, there is still so many unanswered questions and missed chances here that I wish I could have done more with or been better equipped to move along.

Alas, all good things must end, and new good things be allowed to take their place. I have faith that my company will do fine without me, though I do hope they miss me a little ;). As I've been actively packing my head with stuff, I now have to spend some time unpacking a little of it and making sure it can be seen and accessed by others. So that's what the next few days will entail.

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