Dapeng Li

Hungry, foolish and passionate – yet another software developer.

Archive for January, 2014

Review of 2013 in 26 letters


I will review my year of 2013 with letters, last year was with numbers, I’m starting to worry what I to do next year.


Like Kindle, but for audible books. Bought some books, listened to some of them. Though I haven’t found my rhythm using this service in my daily life, it does offer another option accessing books, and will be useful later.

Breaking Bad

One of my favorite TV shows of all time.


A online MOOC provider, finished two courses in 2013, going to enroll in more.


From the book The Dip from Seth Godin: quit or push through the dip, avoid the Cul-de-Sec and cliff.


I spent more time enjoying life in 2013, it’s hard to keep the balance between working hard and stopping to enjoy life, but it’s good to have a taste of the other half.


I failed several times in 2013, from job searching to working tasks. I guess it’s OK, as long as you tried your best, leaving no regrets.


Gaming is the industry my future employer is in, sounds interesting and cool? I think so too.


Actually apartment, I bought a small apartment this year, and yes, now I owe the bank a lot of money.

Inner Peace

Not saying I have achieved that, I’m far from there; but there are moments I’m feeling inner peace, that feels great.

Job Hunting

I’ve rarely had pleasant experience in job hunting, this year as well. “Whatever doesn’t kill you make you stronger” might be an exaggerating term, but I definitely learned something.


Talent is overrated, my friend, and deliberate practices are what make people great. As software developers, you are paid to perform, not practice. Practice katas at your own time.


I read and wrote less this year, as I said, it’s hard to strike the balance between working hard and enjoying life. No, actually, I was just being lazy.


Nope, not happening this year.


Northern Lights Technology Development, a company I worked for six and half years and left on Jan 24, 2014.


New offices and more rooms are always nice to have, but upgrading hardware is only half the battle, making good software is what really hard (no pun intended).

Project Management

I spent more time on thinking about project management than writing code in 2013, I guess that’s what a team lead should do when the team had grown to a certain size. Different kind of problems, different challenges and different perspectives. Making software is more than writing code, that was time well spent.


It’s a reserved letter.


I attended RubyConf China 2013 in Beijing, one of the best experience in conferences for me. Love the people and community.


Had a small one.


A software consulting company I respected a lot, prepared for more than a year, but didn’t make through the interview pipeline. The ThoughtWorkers are very nice and I still like them a lot.


Sometimes what your planned doesn’t come as you expected, that’s the unpleasant part of life; sometimes luck strikes if you happen to be ready, that’s what make life so wonderful.


Had a short vacation to the beach with my colleagues, that was very fun.


The air conditions are getting worse in my home town, I’m a little concerned what will happen if things don’t start to get better.


Christmas party with NLTD, instead of being a staff helping the show, I was an audience – sit back, watch, and enjoy.


Such as simple word, don’t abuse it. Say it only when you mean it.


From one of my favorite talks, about Burning Man: everything burns (and ends), that’s why we try our best, enjoy the moment, and move on. Back to zero.

I wish myself in the year of 2014:

  • Read more
  • Write more
  • Exercise more
  • Code more
  • Find more inner peace

Hope you had a good 2013, and achieve more in 2014.

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January 30th, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Start of a New Adventure


Jan 24, 2014 was my last day working at Northern Lights Technology Development (NLTD), I will start working for a British company in Gibraltar sometime in February.

Doing OK

Many people are surprised by my move, the first reactions are “Why? You are doing quite fine!”

I was one of the first group of employees when NLTD started six and half years ago (now NLTD have almost 200 employees); I had a great boss, friendly and professional colleagues, and exciting projects; I was the lead of a team of 16 people, working on a project we were proud of. So I guess I was doing OK.

But right now, I don’t feel like settling down, getting married, have a kid, and live happily after. It’s not that I don’t want them, I have best wishes for people who have already settled down, and I’m sure I will want that life badly; they are just not appealing to me now.


I’m very grateful of the opportunity, guidance, trust and encouragement that NLTD had given me. That was six and half wonderful years and an experience I will always remember.

Of course, I have met people and things I like, I don’t like; things I want to and can change, things I want to but cannot change. It’s not particular to NLTD, it’s life.

From one of my favorite quote: I hope we can have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. My friend.

Wish NLTD and my friends there all the best!

New Adventure

My next job will be a software developer for a British company located in Gibraltar, I will be working on web applications and internal systems, using Ruby, Rails, JavaScript and others.

This new position offers me two things I’m very interested in:

  1. The opportunity to work with open source languages, frameworks and libraries; especially Ruby and Rails.

  2. The opportunity to work overseas, and see other parts of the world and experience other cultures.

I don’t know what to expect, it will be a new environment, new work and new colleagues, but I think I’m going to like it.

Keep In Touch

Dear friends, I wish we can keep in touch in the future.

I will miss you, till we meet again.

Written by Dapeng

January 25th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Posted in Life