I've been thinking about starting a blog for a while, and since it's the beginning of a new year, I thought I'd start out with a list of highlights from last year. So here's my 2009 Year in Review:
- In the beginning of the year I officially became a manager at Digg, though I still spend a majority of my time there coding.
- In March I became an uncle again with the birth of my brother Mike's first child, Nina Taylor Shupp.
- April 26th I ran my first 10.6 mile race as part of the Big Sur International Marathon. I finished in around 2 hours 40 minutes. The course, on CA 1 along the Pacific ocean, has a lot of hills, but is amazingly beautiful. I hope to do the full marathon next time.
- In early May, Digg launched its Facebook Connect integration. This was a long project which for which I led the technical implementation. It went really well, and saw an initial increase in registrations upwards of 50%. It was also covered on Tech Crunch.
- Later that month I gave an internal "Brown Bag Tech Talk" on OpenID. The slides are available here.
- In June, Peggy and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary just before heading out for a 16 day vacation in Europe. We visited Paris, Copenhagen, Lunde, Tallinn, Kiel, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
- In July, myself and a few colleagues at Digg handed in our contribution to a forthcoming book on PHP unit testing. The book is a case study on using PHPUnit and continuous integration by Sebastian Bergmann. It's currently being translated into German, and should be out this year in both German and English.
- Later that month I spoke at OSCAMP 2009 on contributing to the PEAR project (the PHP Extension and Application Repository). The slides are available here.
- In August, I ran for and was elected to The PEAR Group, the governing body of PEAR.
- That same month, I played drums on a new album with The Whitehalls (formerly Heathrow), a band I've been playing with since shortly after moving up to San Francisco. The record is almost done, and should be out soon.
- In October I attended my first high school reunion. It was entertaining, and I really enjoyed seeing a few people, but for the most part it was pretty much exactly what I expected.
- We spent Thanksgiving up in Kohler, WI on lake Michigan where some of Peg's family was gathering. One highlight of the trip was taking a segway tour of Chicago's waterfront on the way back.
- December 1st I closed down my long running web hosting service, MerchBox, which I started back in 2000.
- Just after that saw the release of Digg's second generation API, another long project which I led initially, and contributed a good amount to. We also knocked out a fun reference application on a Sunday afternoon to help developers get up and running, which you can see here.
- Also in December, The Whitehalls participated in Silicon Valley Rocks 2009, a benefit for Music in Schools Today that raised $27,000.
- We spent Christmas and New Year's Eve back in northern Virginia, and were able to get in a fair amount of time at the Smithsonian. I wish I had appreciated it when I lived there.
- Closing out the month saw the acceptance into PEAR of two libraries I wrote, OpenID and Services_Digg2.