A lot has happened in the past few weeks!
First of all, I've finished up my 'Associate round' of certification with the 'big three' cloud providers (AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform) by completing the AWS SysOps Administrator-Associate exam yesterday (Fig. 1). I've really enjoyed having this structured learning to complement the hands-on education I get every day at Ibotta!
Figure 1. My shiny new SysOps Admin-Associate certification for AWS wraps up my Associate-level cloud tour; I'll start preparing for Specialty and Professional exams in the coming months.
Next: my first open source pull request (Fig. 2) got merged not too long ago. As part of my 2019 goals, I wanted to at least submit a small PR to an open source repository that was important and interesting to me, and Terraform fit those criteria quite well.
Figure 2. It's not incredibly groundbreaking, but I, for one, was proud to complete my first open source PR. The research into this (and also my work with Terraform at Ibotta) has inspired me to learn more about Golang so I can make more substantial contributions.
Although that PR was quite brief in scope, I learned a lot about research and communication regarding open source software, and also was inspired to start learning much more about Golang (so I can contribute more substantial work to Hashicorp's repos in the future, for example). I'll post more on that soon!