Skills pay your bills, designing APIs, 6 years for GKE, and Cloud Security remediation guides
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This week, Vivek and I launched a Cloud Skilling challenge for learning Elastic on Azure. It reminded me of my time learning Hadoop in 2013, which helped me foray into Open source, big data, NoSQL, and eventually DevRel. It all started with that one skill.
At that time, I’m neither actively working on Hadoop nor anticipate it, but did a paid course to learn it 😅 Continuous learning helps in many ways. Sometimes to improve your knowledge, or get a new job, or even make new friends!
In recent times, I’ve learned NextJS, TailwindCSS, Javalin, Github Actions, OpenTelemetry, and more. All of them helped in some way to improve my knowledge.
Many over-index on doing tech certifications. Even if you don’t get certified, it is ok, but gaining knowledge continuously by attending meetups, developer events, and participating in one community benefits you in the long run.
Overall, I believe skills do help in paying your bills.
What I read this week?
explain-like-iam-five blogs have become a big part of learning. For example, see this DNS works illustration.
A comic that explains what happens when you browse on the internet
I’ve designed, coded, and used several APIs so far. Frankly, designing APIs is an art 😀 especially, if you reach a point where there are many users affected by an even small change in API. I’ve read this advisory piece from
Slack Engg on how they design APIs.
Not all might be possible to follow, but some are a must for a great developer experience.
More than five years ago, we launched the Slack Platform. Today, millions of users bring their work into Slack, and those apps are built by over 885,000 active developers.
You might not believe it. I’ve first heard about Kubernetes in 2015 at a GDG meetup. It is hard to believe it is a big thing today 😁 while I felt confused with all the pods and selectors terminology. That being said, listen to this beautiful podcast celebrating GKE - 6th anniversary 🥳
Kaslin Fields and Mark Mirchandani host this week’s episode of the podcast as we celebrate one of our favorite Google products, Google Kubernetes Engine!
Open source projects
It is a no-brainer that the cloud is becoming an integral part of a developer’s workflow. Gone are the days, where your deploy team deploys to your data center in Dallas, TX. In turn, the security of those resources is too important as the attacks increase. So I found these friendly remediation guides from Aquasec, which give detailed steps on remediation common security issues in some cloud services. For example, Open Elasticsearch instance on EC2.
Security Remediation Guides.
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