This column is being written in December, which ends another year, which brings end of year holiday plans, deadlines (like the one for this column), and a chance to challenge yourself to do something different before the year is fully out and done.
For my part, over the last few years I’ve had a great time participating in the annual Advent of Code (adventofcode.com), which is a great way to take a break from work where you have to solve problems on a deadline, and... well, solve problems on a different deadline. But for fun.
It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your preferred language, to try out a new language, or revisit how things work in a language you haven’t used in a while. You can also compare notes with others and see how different languages can give you the tools you need (or how hard it is to build them from scratch if that’s more to your taste).