This year started — for me — with the birth of my son, Kaustubh. He is now 11 months old, started to walk and talk. It is a pleasure watching the kid grow.
While being busy with him all the time, I did quite a things on professional front too.
BITPro user community
I became an active member of BITPro user community and started contributing at user group meets and other events. In total, I delivered thse four sessions.
Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2 at Windows 7 install fest
Windows Server 2008 R2 – A technical overview at Microsoft TechEd on the road, Bangalore
Introduction to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in R2
SharePoint 2010 beta 2 Technical overview
And, yes — I was the BITPro community star for 2009. I am looking forward to increase my contributions to BITPro community.
Blogging / Writing
First, I changed the look of my blog some N number of times and ended up purchasing Thesis theme. I am sure I won’t change this now since I paid money for this 🙂
Coming to writing, I wrote 98 posts this year — including all user guides. A majority of these posts were around Hyper-V scripting since my focus was to learn Hyper-V management using WMI. Towards the year end, I started focussing on SharePoint and PowerShell and in last few months I did many posts on PowerShell alone.
I took up writing an ebook on Windows Server Virtualization. I could complete only one chapter of that and I still procrastinate to complete it 🙂
I released quite a few scripts and tools for various things. Some popular ones include
http://code.msdn.com/VHDShellExt – VHD Shell Extensions
http://powergui.org/entry.jspa?externalID=2583&categoryID=21 – BITS file transfer PowerPack
Oh yes, I became active on Twitter only this year and to be precise only after April 2009. Since I then I tweeted more than 1300 updates. I started reading up the API documentation and wrote quite a few scripts around Twitter using PowerShell and VBScript. I even got an idea about a Twitter based social calendar which I am working on currently.
I am still learning PowerShell, SharePoint and Hyper-V. I started working on C# and writing small applications for my own use. I love designing applications / solutions and that just got better this year.
I started believing in “SharePoint is my bread, PowerShell is my butter and Hyper-V is my grill”. I love working on all these three.
Overall, 2009 was a good year for me. I did all the above while having a full time job. I am proud of that fact. I am looking forward to engage more with you all on this blog, within technical community and of course, in-person — if we get a chance to meet.
Wish you all a wonderful year ahead..!