Taking Stock

Three months ago when I started this blog, I did so hoping to connect with others who were passionate about software development and health information technology.  Now, 30 posts later, that is exactly what has happened!  I am encouraged by the response I have received, and would like to thank all of you for your post comments and emails.  I would also like to offer a special “thank you” to my email and RSS subscribers who gamely decided to read every post.

In September, I decided three months would be a good milestone at which to consider the future of EHR Science and take stock of my progress toward the goals I mentioned in the first post.  With that in mind, here is an update for those who have come along for the ride.

Programming
When I started blogging, my focus was on exploring new technologies and learning new languages. I decided to use C# as the main language for learning application development techniques, and chose Python to explore scripting languages and algorithms.  Things progressed well with C#;  Python, I haven’t gotten to yet.

In November, an interesting web project came along for which Joomla seemed to be the best platform.  Since then, I’ve temporarily stopped experimenting with C# and turned to PHP development.  Yes, I know–C# is an elegant, modern language and PHP is ugly and so 90s; however, pragmatism won out. PHP allows me to tweak my Joomla and WordPress sites as well as jump-start new projects due to the abundance of open source MVC frameworks, code, and community support available for it.

Even though I am not using C# for these projects, the time spent with C# has not gone to waste.  PHP has a C-like syntax, and the OOP concepts learned in C# are totally portable.

Discrete math
This has been a blast!   I am working my way through proof techniques and enjoying every minute.  At my current rate, I expect to finish the DM textbook within the next six months or so.  Even so, what I have learned to-date has been quite useful in reading technical papers.

Changes to EHR Science
Expect to see EHR Science grow over the next six months.  The basic site design will change slightly, and new content pages and sections will be added.    However, the pictures will stay—everyone seems to enjoy them so much.  If anyone has suggestions for content additions, I would love to hear them.

Over the next three weeks, I will be making changes on the backend of the site and preparing for expanded content. This post will be the last until January 9, 2012.  Thanks for stopping by over the past few months–I have enjoyed the company.

Wishing each of you a joyful holiday season and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Jerome

 

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