I suppose I should have my own list of best and worst things for 2003. I haven't thought that deeply about the subject, so this is an off-the-cuff list
- Most over-hyped technology of 2003
- Web Services
- What will be the most over-hyped technology of 2004
- Web Services and .NET
- Biggest waste of tech effort in 2003
- Best emerging technology of 2003
- Worst technology news of 2003
- The SCO lawsuit
- Best technology news of 2003
- The slow realization that dynamic languages make a difference
- Sleeper Event of 2003
- The emergence of blogs as guerilla marketing
Like I said, it's an off the cuff list - not that organized, just a bunch of stuff that floats to the top at the moment. One of the interesting things for me has been how my workflow has changed over the last year. I'm traveling less often, but on longer trips when I do travel. That means that I'm working out of the home office more often, which also means that I'm typically less connected to other people I work with than I've been used to in the past. How I've compensated for that is a blast from the past - IRC, and the Smalltalk channel in particular. It's been a "virtual water cooler" for me, and for a bunch of other home office types. I don't think I ever used IRC before about 2 years ago, but now it's part of my everyday work life.
So what's changed for you this past year? Comments welcome - and Have a Happy New year!