This week was a busy one, as I spent half of it attending HashiConf in Seattle, WA, followed by a late-night flight back to Denver for some data engineering work at Ibotta on Thursday and Friday.
I'm still trying to digest all the learnings gained from the trip to Seattle, and I'll post more on that between now and when I present a condensed version of my experience to other Ibotta coworkers in late October.
One of my favorite talks was by Tracy Holmes at HashiCorp; I've been looking for a toehold to step up and start making contributions in the open source world, and the outstanding backlog of open issues within the Terraform OSS repository (for provisioning and configuring infrastructure as code) could be a great place to start. Tracy's talk on becoming a contributor really cut through the intimidation I'd felt when thinking about how to begin.
Figure 1. A view from the crowd near the beginning of HashiConf 2019. The kickoff and other keynote presentations were here in the Regency Ballroom at the new Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Seattle.
In parallel with presenting out some cloud-provider-agnostic findings to Ibotta in October, I'll also be adding a few more certifications to my learning path before this year's holiday season. I've signed up for Associate-level exams in both Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform prior to 2020, and I'm aiming to round out the series of three Amazon Web Services Associate-level exams by then too.
It'll be an intense time, and I'm looking forward to engaging fully with it and sharing more soon!