Development has been pretty much non-existent for a couple months now. Putting forth focused effort on developing web applications that I could add to my resume paid off and I got a job as a Software Developer (primarily using Groovy / Grails, which is new to me). Since then, I’ve been more formally introduced to Linux, Git and Jira for bug tracking.
With my recently acquired experience, I’ve spent the last two weekends getting a 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS virtual machine up and running at home for local development. I created a bitbucket account and a repository for hosting my website projects and made my initial commit this morning. Now I can do development without pushing every subversion change I was making locally and checking it on my website (curse you cross-origin ajax requests!)
Now all I need to do is find a new hosting provider that supports git. I’m currently looking at A2Hosting which has git, wordpress and mantis bug tracker “pre-installed” (1-click install available). It also has unlimited addon domains so I can roll out some of these web applications as “stand-alone” applications. But really, I’m mainly looking forward to being able to use git and have some form of bug tracking solution in place for when I, or in rare cases another user, discovers a bug. Then I’ll be able to fix it!
Development will be relatively slow in the foreseeable future (especially for “new” projects) as it requires a new host so I’ll mainly be confined to bug-fixing / completing partially implemented features. I expect by the end of the year, I’ll have successfully transition from WestHost to a new provider and be up and running with git and my local development machine.