I really need to stop thinking of new pet projects

I may or may not have yet again decided to start a new pet project despite specifically telling myself that I will be taking a break from pet projects that involve coding. Certainly, it seems that I have already failed my goal of a mental cooldown from coding-related pet projects within a week of deciding on the break.

I Feel Like Building Something

I got very bored of not building anything and felt that I needed to satisfy my need to design and build, and recently I got back into watching Twitch streams for one of the MMOs I loved playing. This combination seemed to have proven lethal and I ended up spending about 2 hours one night designing a side project around gathering data from the game’s logs.

Skills, Skills, And More Skills

I have a list of software and tools I really want to try out and implement into my projects, and of course, they would be nice to put on a resume as well. For example, I really want to do something with load balancing, Perl, C++, and Svelte, however, I could never find a good opportunity to use them in projects.

When I create a project, I look at a list of things I know, what I could use, and what I want to use. Perl is definitely on the top of my list but my new project, which I think I will explain in a future post once I’m done making a working version of it, does not use Perl at all. I literally cannot find any use for Perl in it, and after calculating my hosting costs for next year with other projects and Youtube channel expansion totaling around $400, I kind of need to cut back on costs.

I needed a Java project and this new project was it… sort of. The project is currently split between PHP, NodeJS, and Java and I’m not really sure if I want to release my project or not for public use. This is also the first project where I am actually going to try implementing unit tests to make sure functionality is working properly, as the amount of testing I have to do for the Java part of the project has reached the point where unit tests are needed and I can no longer manually test.

I Still Have A Project To Finish!

Yes! HK Housing Stats is still in the works and I have yet to finish! I’m in the process of slowly translating the website to Chinese alongside my slow journey of learning more Chinese. I rarely have an opportunity to apply my Chinese skills so I’m not wasting this one. My mother has so far roasted me on my Chinese skills and I am in need of an opportunity to improve, so I know what I will be doing for winter break!

The Game Plan

I now have the blog, HK Housing Stats, and this new side project on my work bench and I have just given up on trying to stop myself from creating new projects. I’ll eventually realize this is getting out of hand and just delete all my project ideas so I can’t be tempted to make them.

While that’s going on, I’ll probably just keep slowly working on the pet projects as usual. I should still be on track to launch my project publicly in the new year and using it for some Youtube content.

Angus

Angus

Student, Blogger, and Developer, with an interest in fintech, aerospace defence, and finance.

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