The best way to start after quite a break…
Since the last blog post, my career has gone from here to there, down to up (x999), and everywhere in-between. Personally I’ve learned a lot, and as to be expected these lessons aren’t limited to technology. One of the things I’ve learnt is to reduce pressure on myself. So for that, this isn’t a new beginning and the previous posts are not the end. The beauty of moving forward is looking back, and looking back can help direct where you want to go next.
Things I wish I knew
Looking back, these are the challenges that I had and looked to resolve. I’ll look to write posts regarding each of these to help others avoid the pitfalls that I found.
Leaving DotNet for Cloud Native
- Looking for a new challenge
- Is there anything wrong with DotNet?
- What I’ve learned to love
- Is DotNet becoming Cloud Native?
- From attending training sessions to supporting them and eventually leading them
- Tips and tricks for attending workshops to get the most out of them
- Tips and tricks to presenting a workshops, whether its at work during lunch, meetup, conference, or paid for private workshop
- Best ways to learn
Cloud Native Wales
- Setting up and keeping a meetup going (and now a podcast)
- How we built a community first
- Lessons learned from creating a full time job without the full time / any pay
- Why we do it and why you should do it
No longer contracting
- Leaving the contracting lifestyle to settle into full time employment
- Starting with best intentions but ultimately not fitting in
- Learning from mistakes and going in for Round 2 at Control Plane
- How to close a company, is it as easy as I hoped it would be
From Windows to MacOS (with Windows via Parallel) to MacOS to Windows 10 to Windows 10 WSL2 to Linux
- Migrating from OS to OS and never stopping never stopping
- Is the investment in an OS lost time or is there opportunity moving from one to another
- From the aspect of OS and learning to love chaos,
dotfilesallow to spin up a new machine that feels like home
- How this is available to any OS
- Tips and lessons learned
Loving the terminal
- Used to see a terminal as a reference to 80’s movies
- Coming from a Visual Studio background, I attached heavy to GUI
- Learned to love the terminal
- Feel that GUI and Dashboards might be coming full circle
Containers and Orchestrators
- This is the bet I took and utimatly paid off for me
- The fasted tl;dr for getting up to speed with:
People in technology
- Lots of focus is on being technical, sharing code or is this just flexing code?
- I feel the investment in people is key to the future
- How do we invest in others, how do we build trust in others
Day to Day workflow
- Lived a life on a train for over a year and had to adapt workflow
- Working remotely, not in a home office
- Migrating to working remotely in a home office
- How to manage work with family life
There is more to add and I’ll push changes using this more as a journal than a blog platform.
If you have any questions then feel free to DM me on Twitter.