Despite the last month being off-project or so called "bench" time it's been busy. Most of the time was spent catching up on technologies, especially Azure and preparing for Microsoft certification exams. It's great when you have the time to go in depth and actually try tings instead of just reading about them. This all will help me when preparing training materials for companies bootcamp where I'll be presenting for one day if no project snatches me up over the course of the next weeks.
Last weeks I've spent learning - 2 days on how to present better and the whole last week on training for technical architects. The former one was a good exercise on how to structure presentations better and gave some good ideas how to get over writers block when preparing. It also gave an opportunity to present and see others presenting, with a subsequent review session to better understand what to improve on. Architecture training on the other hand was more like a traditional company training, focusing on how to do things "the right way" and providing us with a workshop project to complete over the course of the week. The highlights here I think was that we clarified some of the expectations people might have for our future role and validated our approaches. We had a workshop throughout the training, divided in teams and at least for me it allowed to deepen my Java knowledge - as it turns out you can do quite much based on analogies between languages and the rest can be researched/looked up as needed.
With January already ending it's likely I won't be doing much development for the engine and accept the current minimal design as sufficient, moving on to focus on switching of themes and adapting new layout for my travel blog so it's ready for next season. Once that's done I might be able to clean up rough edges and put the source to github.