Saturday, 12 July 2014

Update and New Career

I thought it was about time I dropped an update onto the blog about why I've been quiet recently and what has been going on.

Early this year I decided to change career paths slightly and become a technical trainer. The highlights of my career as a developer have been to help others improve and learn from others in an informal supportive environment. I am now lucky enough to be able to do this full time designing new and fun ways of helping others learn Java, Python, C++ and .NET technologies. I work for my own company James Gough Ltd, with one primary client Mallon Associates. So far I've run ten training courses and had people booking onto my future courses, it's been challenging but one of the best things I've done. I have a fairly packed end to 2014 as I gear up for our 15 week training program.

As well as working on private training I have also teamed up with Richard Warburton and Raoul-Gabriel Urma. I am excited to announce will be offering public Java 8 courses with a focus on Lambdas and preparing Java developers for the changes that are right on our doorstep. Java as we know it is going to change, for years some developers have been dragging their feet with Java 1.4 style syntax and missing some key changes. An appreciation for the Object Oriented/Functional relationship is now required to both be able to design and build code that is succinct and solves the business problem in the best way.

This year is very busy with it being my first year in business and getting married so sadly I've had to put conferences on hold for a year, but I'm hoping that early next year I can attend jfokus.