You might have noticed that this blog has been dead as a doornail as of late. It's hard to believe it's been over a year since my last blog posting. Things have changed quite a bit since the inception of this blog - 4 years ago this week. I wanted to write a quick blog post to close out this first chapter of SmartyPantsCoding.com, and talk a bit about the next chapter and the changes that will be coming as the site gets a much needed reboot.
This blog started back in 2008 when I decided I wanted to learn WPF (mostly XAML) and dove head first into it - I wanted to blog my efforts to help others trying to learn the same thing. I later moved on to Silverlight, and even became a Silverlight MVP. Later I became focused on Windows Phone - the new frontier for Silverlight - and ended up working on a handful of apps for the platform ranging from personally developed games to apps for large brands through the agency I work for. After that there was a little snafu with my app Imagewind being banned from the Windows Phone marketplace - and that was pretty much the last time I blogged on Silverlight, Windows Phone, or anything else for that matter.
Part of the reason I stopped blogging was that my position at work went from a development position to a director position. I was no longer coding in Silverlight everyday, and was now overseeing projects across a wide range of technologies including HTML/CSS/JS, Flash, PHP, and Android just to name a few. Making this change in my professional life while at the same time seeing Silverlight (and Flash) essentially die on the web made me pause quite a bit and reassess where I wanted to invest my development efforts going forward. A few months ago I won 2nd place in a Samsung development contest with MazeRacer - my first Android game. I've also been doing a lot more in the HTML/CSS/JS space lately as well - and I'm looking forward to blogging about some of these topics soon.
I'll be rebooting this blog with a new design and all new content focused on a wider variety of topics soon. The homepage of SmartyPantsCoding.com will become more of a focus on the various creations I have out in the wild while the blog will remain development centric and contain updates for the various apps and games I have as well. I will likely merge in all the content from SmartyPantsGaming.com and unify everything under SmartyPantsCoding.com going forward to make things a bit simpler. You will see a slow roll out of the changes over the next month or so - while that happens some things (ex: comments) may not work. I look forward to sharing more of my coding adventures with you soon, and I hope you'll stick around for the ride.