Increasing Post Cadence and Python

Upping my blog post cadence then.  This even briefer than usual.  I am thinking that for the record I should say what I am doing.

Firstly, I am back on the Python trail, spending train journeys going through books and exercises.  I decided to restart the book after stopping a few months ago.  This went better than expected.  I had forgotten less than I thought and expect to be moving into new territory this week.

Secondly, the Accelerate book turned up so I look forward to spending a bit of reading time on that too.

Finally, I attended the AWS London Summit this week.  Not the best AWS day I have spent, but did get to see Dr Werner Vogels speak.

My Picks

Really enjoying some music documentaries.  Shane Meadows’ Made of Stone always reminds me of how brittle and brilliant The Stone Roses and why I love them so much still.

The Replacements Moments

Wow.  Almost two months since my last post.  Two strangish months during which I have felt like I have fallen off the mission wagon and yet have still put in a lot of reading and studying.

I think part of the problem is a lack of focus.  At the beginning of the year it was a case of head down, study for AWS certifications.  I had planned to roll straight into AWS Sysops but didn’t for two reasons.  Firstly I was  studied/exam’d out.  Secondly, I currently work in a GCP world and without any private AWS stuff going on was concerned that anything I learnt would instantly be forgotten through lack of use.

So I have not done that and have not done any GCP studying or certification either for similar reasons.

What have I done since last post?  Well, as per that last post, I attended a brilliant hands-on Kubernetes course (free!) run by Google and Jetstream.  I also attended the Pipeline conference which amongst other things has inspired me to do a talk sometime soon.

I have kept reading too.  I felt the need to finally read The Lean Enterprise.  It felt like a collection of ideas brought together in one place for enterprise level convenience – which was probably the point.  Some great ideas in it though.

I have also been re-reading Building Microservices – probably my favourite book since I started down this path, along with the DevOps Handbook.  I have probably read the former’s testing chapter three times.

So what next?  I have not got my hands dirty for a while.  Time to re-read Python books and build something.  I know I said that last post too.  I have also got an AWS Summit to go to.  There will also be more reading – a bit of this .  I am also thinking of revisiting The Art of Monitoring to find out if my “out of depth” moment comes a bit later second time around.

My Picks

God, I love Infinity War.  Standards-wise, surpassing modern Star Wars easily.

I have missed running.  Started again, very slowly.  Thought about blogging it -everyone loves a good exercise blog don’t they?  And then thought better of it.

Finally, many years too late I have discovered The Replacements.  Watch!