So much of the time, we have a vision for where we’d like our technology to be, but it sure would be nice to not start from where we are. Whether we’re adding support for IPv6, deprecating Nagios, introducing a DevOps culture or moving to microservices, we’ve got the same problem ahead of us: how can we make enough people care?
Tech is huge and we’re all learning constantly. Why don’t we talk about that more?
I enjoyed O’Reilly’s Infrastructure Now 2018 (Webb, McDonald, Sombra and Turnbull). I’ve summarised some of the points I found most interesting here, but I recommend reading the whole thing.
I made a little toy bot and it ate all my CPU. Or: why an infinite loop cost me $16.
I did an interview about my QCon keynote.
Even if you’re petrified of public speaking, it’s possible to work up to speaking at conferences. Ask me how I know :-)
I made a slackbot and discovered textblob and I’m really enjoying how simple both of those things were. This future makes it very easy to create things with code.
The Lead Developer is a one day, single track conference for tech leads, senior engineers and engineering managers. I went to Lead Dev New York last week and enjoyed it. Here’s a summary of what I saw.
Not quite what I meant to do.
Design documents need to say more than what you're planning to do.
Last day of SRECon Americas 2018! I learned about post-mortems, onboarding, the human cost of incident response and much more. And then I took a red-eye home. I don't recommend that last bit.
Day two of SRECon Americas is over and here's what I saw today.
Day one of SRECon Americas 2018 was mostly about workshops. And coffee.
How do you help new people become comfortable and productive quickly?
When I'm a senior person in a team or org, or even in a meeting, I want to create an environment where it's completely ok not to know things. Feigned surprise is toxic.
When you've got a project that needs to be done, you can ask someone who can already do it, or you can help someone go up a level by (gently!) taking them out of their comfort zone. The latter takes time, but you'll be glad you did it.
A manager keeps intercepting questions about their report's project. As a lead, it's hard (but important!) to learn not to do that.
Today I needed to make a bar chart out of some data, and reached for my trusty examples... and realised that they were in my home directory in the company I no longer work at. So today I learned gnuplot almost from scratch again and here's my new trusty example.