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Back From Vacation and Ready To Go

By Steve Jones,

It's been a good holiday for me. I had a week's vacation with just my wife, a nice holiday with kids, and a relaxing week where I'm trying to get a few things done. I've been away from my home office for two weeks, and it often takes a few days to get used to focusing again at the computer, but I'm getting there. It doesn't help that the office, err, house is full of people with my kids away from school. 

The year is coming to a close, and it's a slow week, as I noted yesterday. However, I'm refreshed and recharged. Getting away on an adventure, without a computer to spent time on was great. I did no work and just enjoyed the time away. That's how a vacation should go, and it's the type of trip I need to take more often.

Now it's time to move forward again. As I wrote about in my goals post, I'm planning on spending some time thinking how to achieve my learning goals in 2018. Today is that day, with an hour set aside to do a little research for resources and attempting to build some sort of calendar with milestones that will help me move forward. Those are the personal items for my career, tangential to my work.

The other part of today is really digging into where I want SQLServerCentral to go next year. We need to be mobile friendly moving forward (thanks for the push, Google) and that means some code changes. I want to be more involved here, along with upgrade plans to get us onto more modern platforms. The old SQL2008/WS2003 system works, but it's not ideal, and we can't take advantage of newer technologies and opportunities that Microsoft has released. My thought is to add new content and new sections to the site, including some better quiz/test/assessment ways for people to check their skills and work towards their own goals. If you have ideas, let me know.

It's been a great year at SQLServerCentral, and I hope you feel the same way. Now, on to 2018 and let's see where we can go.

 
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