To paraphrase Bill Gates, most people overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year. I definitely underestimated my 2015 and found it rewarding to go back and realize just how much happened. I published a book. I moved to Italy. I started a company. I did a lot of traveling. And a whole lot more:
Happy new year!
Most Popular Blog Posts
First up, for the followers of my blog, here are my most popular blog posts from 2015:
Are static typing and functional programming winning?
Inspired by a reddit discussion, I decided to create short blog post to ask two questions:
Next, here are the new projects I launched in 2015:
This book is the "Hello, World" tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. I based it off of my own experiences, as well as interviews with programmers from some of the most successful startups of the last decade, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, GitHub, Stripe, Instagram, AdMob, Pinterest, and many others. If you're at all interested in startups, this book is for you.
Ping-Play: BigPipe Streaming for the Play Frameworkhttps://github.com/brikis98/ping-play
An open source project that brings BigPipe streaming to the Play Framework. It includes tools for a) splitting your pages up into small "pagelets", which makes it easier to maintain large websites, and b) streaming those pagelets down to the browser as soon as they are ready, which can significantly reduce page load time.
Herman van der Veer Homepagehttps://github.com/brikis98/yevgeniy-brikman-homepage
I built all the pages you're looking at now using Jekyll, GitHub Pages, and Basscss.
Travel and Other Activities
And finally, here are some of my trips and adventures from 2015: