I hear that being between jobs is never fun and now I know it first hand.
I do have to admit though that the only pain about it so far has been the b.s. the government gives you during the unemployment process. I took some Resume training which included job application, interviewing and other skills which I needed as I have ever needed them before. I put that as schooling on my status report and the gov'mt is giving me grief over it. says that the will not pay the week as i wasn't in schooling. excuse me? what was that then? I will appeal, but the gov and their cronies usually get their way. I digress though as keeping a positive attitude will win friends and influences people, a good thing to remember because in this world, we are all in it together, so lets work together and "get er done".
Creating programs is a passion of mine. I discovered it with my first computer...a commodore vic-20 which if you were going to do anything with it you wrote it yourself. so I got the books out and started to teach myself basic. learned to hate the word syntax error real quick. and also found out that there are very few programs you can write and run on a computer with 20k of combined memory.
The extreme cost of computers though kept me from pursuing that interest for several years (perhaps a decade went by). 1998. Superbowl Sunday went to an electronics store and found a Pentium tower running win 95 for a (back then) reasonable price. $1500 was a lot of money in '98 but got one anyway and fell in love with computers all over again. The first thing I did was blow the damn thing up within the first week just by exploring the o.s. to see how it worked and learned quickly how to do a system restore. darn near wore the disk out but keep at it learning it. The opportunity then came to learn operations on an IBM Mainframe...cool loved it. working with a big computer was a blast and wasn't long before I was at the books again learning COBOL. COBOL-VSE actually, it made sense and I picked it up pretty good. wrote a handful of programs and maintained many more. The compiler was a bit of a pain, but got used to it. The announcement came that we were going to migrate off from the Main Frame to SAP. cool, a nice challenge, so it was back to the books again. this was in 07, and I was teaching myself another new language. ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming, originally Allgemeiner Berichts-Aufbereitungs-Prozessor, German for "general report creation processor ") akn: http://www.ask.com/wiki/ABAP?o=2801&qsrc=999 .
The book was on ABAP Objects so I started hard and scratched my head, did the exercises, but that was still not quite enough. A consultant was given the task of training us and he did a good job showing us the fundamentals of ABAP, and then STEPUP came in and gave us advanced training and I took to it quickly and was developing programs on the new system. In 2008 I went off legacy right into development on SAP and kept running. I found that I really enjoy the language and want to keep at it.
A new language is coming into play for SAP now with the introduction of "ERP on HANA". It is SQL scripting and with the trend pointing to HANA taking over, it is a good idea to start learning everything I can about HANA now. so this is one of the things I will be doing while in transition.
I also am learning objective C as I can see that mobility is going to be using more iPad, iPhone and droid devices and less of ones that used the ITS technology. Well that's about it for now. The fun is just beginning.