So Jake over at the App Lab has been known to take many a staycation in his time. Â I’m notorious for never taking any of my vacation (been at my 180 hour cap for close to a year). So I’m going to start a new trend taking a “techcation.” Â My goal is to take a week away from the office to play with a different technology every day and blogging my progress at the end of each day. Â My target week is that of March 13, so I have 2 weeks to prepare. Â There’s been a bunch of different things on my desk and in my mind that I’ve been meaning to find time to play with, but as with everyone, works been taking all my time lately. Â So I’m going to stay home and play with something new every day. Â So far here is my list of things I’m thinking about:
- Arduino something (Thanks Chris)
- Hadoop 101
- Cassandra 101
- MongoDB 101
- Android 101
This is a very tentative list. Â Anything else people think I should be looking at? Â I’m looking for something that I can get a basic knowledge and have a working “something” up and running within 8 hours. Â Feel free to hit the comments with suggestions. Â As much as I love the identity world I’m hoping to stay far far away for the week. Â I’d love to see this idea take off, even better would be if people started pairing up or doing it in small groups.
I might drop one of the days to work on the 280Z or my truck if its nice. Â I’ve had two pairs of speakers sitting on the floor of my office to go into each vehicle for about 6 months now. Â I’ve also got a bedslide for the truck thats been taking up garage space for over a year. Â I’m sure my wife would appreciate that one.
I’d highly suggest Hadoop; great technology for processing massive amounts of unstructured data. MapReduce is easy to get the hang of the basics but hard to do the subtleties correctly. Not to mention it’s a very in demand technology for certain sectors (finance, government, etc).
How did it go?