Okay, so here’s the plan on what I’m going to be spending the next year doing. I’m going to be concentrating on 3 areas for professional development.
- Tools / Workflow
- WordPress (PHP)
I’ve already started on the tools/workflow. A good developer has for years now needed to be able to use a version control system. I do use Subversion at work, but it really isn’t used for all the features it could provide – it’s mainly just a place to store our code and prevent one person overwriting another person’s changes. Important, but not the full power of version control.
So, if I know that I need to increase my usage of a version control system, and more fully utilize its features, what should I do? Should I keep using Subversion but expand how I use it? Or try something else?
After doing some investigating, I’ve decided that using Git and Github is almost unavoidable anyway, so I will be learning and using them. I could also store my private repositories there, but I’m still not sure what other tools I might need to purchase or subscribe to, so I don’t want to start loading up on monthly fees yet. So for private repositories, I’m going to be using Bitbucket.
Also, I will be using Sublime Text 2, but will be keeping NetBeans as an alternative. I would like to try a more full-fledged IDE at some point, and NetBeans is free and can handle PHP. I’m more comfortable in the text-editor-on-steroids environment, but need to see how the other half live.