Overall, it was a very interesting and busy year. A quick overview on some of the fronts that kept me busy.
On the coding front, it was a year that the ‘progressive web app‘ revolution started. It will be interesting to see what developers will build during 2016. You can see the main projects that kept me busy on this blog (e.g. monetization, startups, web forms) and on my project site. It always great fun to meet developers around the world that are passion on the same topics you are. Here are a few presentations that I gave.
I started to push the monetization efforts, both in code (e.g. like this demo or this article on Autofill) and with two courses with Udacity . Check out the courses, they both great (and yes – I’m totally objective on this one).
On the running front, I had the pleasure to run all over the world. From “down under” to Europe, San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, Paris, London and even in the holy land. On the cycling part, I had the pleasure to participate in 110mile event that few good friends in CA organized – It was one big loop, from Mt. hamilton to Livermore and back. There were also, a lot of good rides in Ben Shemen and other woods.
From the good people of Strava I got these two little summaries:
Overall the numbers are not reflecting the quality of the experience.
Ahh! the longest run was 100k (and not 74k like the video suggesting) but the watch could not make it.
The year started with runs in Israel (Teveria Marathon) and after two weeks, some good trails around Australia.
Later, it was mostly Israel, with few ‘jumps’ to Europe. The most special runs were in Italy in the snow! The alps are really amazing during the winter.
On the books front, I finished 28 books in English and 5 in Hebrew.
My top 10 for 2015 are:
- Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street (By: Fred Schwed Jr., Peter Arno) – Short and on the point of what is going on in Wall Street. It provoked few thoughts, which is always a blessing.
- Yes Please! (By the one and only: Amy Poehler) – It was such a joy. I remember myself laughing hard during long runs. Highly recommended. I hope she will find the time do create more like this one. Please!
- The Wright Brothers – The best entrepreneurial book I’ve read during 2015. The epic story is very well written. It was very interesting to learn how grit and determination wins. Amazing work by David McCullough.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (By: Ben Horowitz) – A good one for entrepreneurs but I found it a bit limited because it’s describing challenges and their solutions for a very limited case.
- The Stranger (By: Harlan Coben) – Great idea and a good story. Good one for long flights/runs.
- Missing You (By: Harlan Coben) – I read/listen to this one on the long runs before the Sovev Emek. It was a perfect story for these type of training.
- When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants (By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) – Nothing new for the avid reader of their blog and the listeners of their podcast. However, I read it just to remind myself some of the great ideas that they mention in the past. It’s a quick and good one.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (By: Yuval Harari) – An excellent book that give your an executive summary of our history. It’s describing the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to our times. I liked the ideas that money is just a system of mutual trust and that capitalism is the a religion (rather than an economic theory).
- The History of Tomorrow (By: Yuval Harari) – The following book I read just after finishing #8. In this one, there are few predictions that I’m not sure we will be able to see. However, the ideas about the new goals we set: to live forever, to be happy and to upgrade ourselves are on the spot.
- The Woods (By: Harlan Coben) – I like the way he put a good story and fill the lines between the dots one after the other until you reach the end of the plot.