A start on the AWS certification road; web/mobile development sandbox environment under construction
Hello again! It's been a while since I've posted, and I've been quite busy over the past year immersing myself in many different aspects of enterprise-level software development at Ibotta. We had some exciting news recently upon receiving a coveted 'unicorn' $1B valuation! And although that news was great, it's much more of a milestone than an end goal; we've got lots of ambitious projects in our pipeline and continue to work on scaling our tech stack efficiently and effectively.
During my time at Ibotta, I've spent some time working on backend APIs with our client-facing Transaction Data squad, and most recently transitioned over to a Data Engineering role. My current responsibilities have me right in the middle of a cross-functional effort to switch Ibotta's backend over to a more granular (and more real-time) event-based architecture. We're all looking forward to the possibilities that affords, including lofty new goals for 2020 and beyond. More on that soon!
While working with a variety of folks from Ibotta's Platform, DevTools, Architecture, and now Data Engineering squads, I've developed a continuously growing interest in cloud computing architecture and design. As a confirmation of that interest, I've started making my way through Amazon Web Services' (AWS's) suite of certification exams, beginning with the Solution Architect-Associate test. I've already got the Developer-Associate exam scheduled for late September, and will be taking the SysOps-Associate exam in December.
Figure 1. Passed the AWS SAA exam back in July! Now I'm looking toward the Developer-Associate exam in September and the SysOps-Associate exam in December.
If you've visited my sandbox environment recently (bradleypmartinsandbox.com), you may notice that my super-bare-bones Node/Mongo test website has been taken down for the time being and a placeholder 'under construction' page has been put up in its place (Figure 2).
Over the next year, I'd like to start putting up some more sophisticated portfolio samples that showcase my development in the tech space. A one-to-one EC2-hosted Node/Mongo app was cool to build and maintain for a while, but I think it'd be fun and invigorating to build a collection of resources showcasing a blossoming basket of skills, including serverless apps, Ruby/Rails webpages, and possibly even a mobile app or two!
I'll have more info over the coming weeks and months.
Figure 2. I've taken down my perfunctory sandbox 'switching station' app and the basic Node/Mongo web app that linked to (at bradleypmartinsandbox.com). Look for more news on replacement portfolio samples soon!