Looking forward to 2021… review of 2020

Looking forward to 2021… review of 2020

In the tradition of this blog, I will briefly review 2020 and set goals for 2021 in an upcoming post. I certainly will not be alone with the notion to get to 2021 and leave 2020 sooner than later. Still, looking back at the goals I set for 2020, it has been a very good year for FlixEngineering.

Let’s look back at the goals for 2020 and what has happened:

Finish German TMS WEB Core book

It’s finished and in print since March. That was the first on the list and also was delivered first.

English version of the book

Second on the list, it took a significant amount of time to translate, and it lead to the decision to publish all future books in English. Do not get me wrong, the German community is strong and well, but the majority of the orders from Germany were for the English version of the TMS WEB Core book even though there is a German version. As I am only a one-man-show when it comes to writing and publishing the books, the additional work to produce to language versions seemed to be in vain.

More video tutorials

In addition to publishing video tutorials on the tmssoftware YouTube channel, I also participated in numerous online Delphi events and webinars. These events provide one to two hour video content. In particular, the Delphi Fireside Chat conversation was a new experience for me and lasted almost 2 hours. Well, I guess we were all looking forward to being able to meet for in-person events again… I also introduced a couple of Hands-on videos. These videos provide interesting solutions with Delphi using a very practical and “by the example” approach. Please let me know if you would like to see more of that. Further, please post about topics that you would like to see more coverage on. Without feedback, I might miss your favorite questions and there might be no incentive to produce content in that area!

Deliver booklet for each video

Sadly, this is the only item on the list that did not come to fruition. There is a very simple reason. Instead of publishing lots of booklets, I decided to create a new book series that focuses on Delphi examples: Hands-on with Delphi. So far, two books were published in the series. The first book focuses on building database-driven applications in multi-tier scenarios and different frameworks and platforms. Examples for web services and reporting are two of the topics that Delphi developers loath for more information on. In addition, another book focuses on mapping in Delphi applications using the TMS FNC Maps framework.

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