While I’ve got things to keep me in touch technically while between contracts in the form of 2 modules towards my Masters degree in Intelligent Systems, a lot of the development requirements there are pretty divorced from the area I’m most experienced – most of the code is relatively simple and written in Matlab or the like (the Data Mining module is all about learning to use SAS). In order to keep my web development skills current I’m also doing some development work on a pet project. Based on the skills which seem to be in demand at the moment (and the fact I generally pick something other than my primary language for personal projects) I decided to put Scala and the Play Framework on hold and leave that project for a bit, and start on another idea I’d had using NodeJS instead.
When the site is in a state where there’s one or 2 of the features I’m wanting to show off, I’ll post the URL. It’s currently hosted on OpenShift, which seems to work pretty well for a free option, although at some point I’ll presumably have to move to the paid solution to get SSL. In the meantime it’s proving an interesting environment and one which I think I can be productive in.