A few weeks after coming back from HashiConf '19 in Seattle, I received notice that my Terraform Associate certification (Figure 1) was waiting for me! HashiCorp had been generous in allowing its conference attendees early access to the new Associate-level certifications in both Terraform and Vault, and I took the former while I was at the conference. I found the exam well-written, comprehensive, and fairly labeled as associate-level in difficulty. Preparing for and taking the exam was a good opportunity to learn more about Terraform than I'm exposed to (particularly enterprise-level offerings/services) on a daily basis at Ibotta. I really enjoy infrastructure-as-code, and hope to broaden and deepen my knowledge in this area in the months and years to come.
Figure 1. Terraform Associate badge/certification earned as a beta tester during HashiConf '19.
After returning from the conference, I also had an end-of-September appointment to expand my AWS knowledge base with the Certified Developer-Associate exam. This involved learning more about AWS-native CI/CD tools (we at Ibotta work a little outside AWS for our CI/CD processes in particular, even though most of our infrastructure is in AWS) and developer-oriented services (especially Elastic Beanstalk, Lambda, and X-Ray among others).
Figure 2. AWS Certified Developer-Associate badge earned in late September 2019.
Right now, I'm preparing for both Azure and Google Cloud Platform certifications before the end of the year. More on that soon!
Finally, and along the lines of the ongoing HashiCorp theme, I've put together a basic multicloud demo that's publicly/freely fork-able and clone-able. I created this project to illustrate simple multicloud principles using both a) the new free tier of Terraform Cloud (to deploy HTTP servers across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform) and b) a local deployment of HashiCorp Consul for cross-cloud service discovery and health checks. Feel free to browse and explore the code at your leisure and let me know your comments and criticism!