December Downtime

December Downtime

It's come to that time of year when things get busy for a lot of people, due to spending time with family, and scrambling round to find presents. I've had a busy year on the blog, with 37 posts (including this one) posted here, and a few over at (some of which are cross-posts from here). I've also made my first contributions to GitLab, and continue to try and help out on the smaller tasks there.

What hasn't changed, however, is my passion for technology and development. That's been a great relief as the year has gone on, and I've had a lot to keep building - including a PHP Password Validator.

I've got plans to build another utility package people can use, and hopefully help them with their CI/CD pipelines, but that's going to take a bit of planning and working out first.

There are changes ahead in 2021 for the blog. I'm going to look to post twice a week. That's double the content from this year!  My normal Wednesday post will be move to a Thursday, but I'm going to create a new series of posts specifically about GitLab. Introducing...

Tanuki Tuesday

These are going to be smaller snippets of information and quick reference points for people wanting to see use-cases for some of the features within GitLab. The idea is to complement the existing documentation out there, but also to show my appreciation of the product by helping others use it. I'm also hoping to learn some more about it myself.

By having to write down how to use certain features, or how I've used them, I might discover a better way of working. I might help someone else discover a better way of working. Or I might just help someone realise that GitLab is the product for them.

Either way, the posts will be my take on the product, how I use it, and what benefit I can see of the features on offer. Some will be free, basic features. Others may require a subscription to access.

Happy 2021

I think we can all agree that this year has been difficult. I've had it easy compared to a lot of people, and for that I am thankful. I will, however, be taking the rest of this month off (from my blog). I'll be back in January with new content - I'll be planning and writing some of that throughout this month.

Happy holidays, and a happy New Year to you all!