Looking ahead to 2017

I’m Raymond Dillon, a software developer from Ireland and a #WindowsInsider from the very start. I’ve recently set up Proto Software (www.protosoftware.co.uk) along with my brother Darren. Below, I share some of my goals for 2017

Looking back a little on 2016 – a lot has happened. I was working in my first software job after graduation at a local startup developing solutions around BLE advertising and indoor location awareness.  This had been going great, but the company unfortunately closed its doors in July 2016. After its closure, I started up Proto Software along with my brother (you can find us at @proto_software). We’ve spent some time in the latter stages of 2016 getting things off the ground and are hoping for a big year in 2017.

My goals for 2017 are 3 fold:

1.  Personal Goals

2. Community Goals

3. Business Goals

My personal goals are things I wish to achieve myself, as I feel that these will help me improve and further myself in 2017. In 2017, I would like to learn a new programming language becoming relatively proficient in it. I’m pretty confident with the Microsoft stack (C# / XAML / Azure etc.), but I would like to learn C & C ++ to help me with my IoT work and my interests there.

Another goal for 2017 is to take someone who has never programmed before, and bring them to a stage where they have an app in the app store. My nephew recently received a laptop for Christmas, so I’m hoping to teach him some UWP development.

My final personal goal for 2017 and probably the most important of all is to be HAPPY – you can achieve a lot more with a smile on your face!

My community goals are those goals which I wish to achieve within the various different communities I am a part of such as the local Azure / Insider Meetup that I have set up, the wider software development community and the even wider #WindowsInsider community.

I started what was initially an Azure Meetup in 2016, but it has now evolved into an Azure / Insider meetup. In 2017, I want to improve the meetup, getting even more people to attend, as well as a wider variety of speakers. I’m trying to listen to the local community (whether they are students, seasoned developers or creatives), and find speakers which interest them.

I am a software developer by trade, and the developer community is getting even bigger every day. Throughout my time as a student, I availed of help from the community through various websites, meetup groups and talks. I now feel that I am in a position to give something back. I’m hoping in 2017 to contribute more, whether it is speaking at events, contributing on technical websites or contributing to open source communities.

I am also part of the #WindowsInsider community. The Windows Insider program initially started as a beta testing program to allow people to sign up to test the latest cutting edge builds of Windows 10, but it has moved beyond that now – it is a movement – it’s getting developers and creatives, storytellers and friends together to help shape Windows for each and every one of us. It’s bringing people together to help each other and to do good in the community – and it is a community that I am VERY proud to be a part of. In 2017, I hope to help in the insider community in any way that I can – bringing my technical and mentoring skills to the table. I’ve had a few ideas for the community in the past year (we’ll keep them a secret for now), but it will be interesting to see where they go in 2017.

Having started up Proto Software, I have a great deal of hope for its success in 2017. My brother and I have been working on a number of products which are hoping to see light in the coming year. We’ve been working on products based around bots and mobile applications. Not too much to share at the minute, but watch this space! In 2017, I’m hoping to get these products out to market as well as improving the marketing for the company by hopefully getting some awesome marketing campaigns in place in order to get the name out there.  It’s an exciting time and we are always learning.

To sign off – I just want to say, if you have your own goals for 2017 – good luck! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I can guarantee that for whatever your goal is, there will be a community out there for you. Reach out and become a part of it. The #WindowsInsider program has taught me that.

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Happy 2017!


7 thoughts on “Looking ahead to 2017

  1. Just want to say thank you on behalf of your nephew. Learning a new programming language by oneself is fun but being tutored by someone else is way better! I hope he knows he’s lucky to have you, a Ninjacat as an instructor!

    Tell you what, I am going take a leaf from your 2017 goals and finally become proficient with some programming language next year. Where am I going to start? . . . guess who is going to get pretty confident with the Microsoft stack (C# / XAML / Azure etc.),

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