What do the best engineers do better?

via GIPHY I’m fascinated by this topic. I recently found another thread on HN about it What do top engineers you know do that others don’t. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As always for hacker news, there’s a feisty debate about what such character includes. Here’s my take. 1. Tackle …

When I found gold in my customer archives

via GIPHY I’m good at keeping notes. I’ve blogged about Can progress reports & daily notes help engagements succeed. I would give that an emphatic YES! From helping with communication, to sharing arcane details about blocking issues, struggles & hurdles, notes can illuminate things that a CTO or manager may not otherwise be aware of. …

Viktor Farcic Interview excerpts

via GIPHY I recently did an interview with Viktor Farcic all about operations, DBA & Devops. Here are some excerpts: What does Dev-Ops mean? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Continuing where I left off, I’ve included a few more highlights below. Enjoy! 1. Can I use a tool to migrate …

Top Amazon Lambda questions for hiring a serverless expert

via GIPHY If you’re looking to fill a job roll that says microservices or find an expert that knows all about serverless computing, you’ll want to have a battery of questions to ask them. Join 33,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. For technical interviews, I like to focus on concepts & the …

The Art of Resistance

Sometimes, you have to be the bad guy. Be resistant to change. Here’s a story about how stubbornness pays off. As we’ve written about before A 4 letter word divides Dev & Ops. I had one experience working as the primary MySQL DBA for an internet startup. Turns out they had Oracle for some applications …

Devops – What is it and why is it important?

Devops is one of those fancy contractions that tech folks just love.  One part development or developer, and another part operations.  It imagines a blissful marriage where the team that develops software and builds features that fit the business, works closely and in concert with an operations and datacenter team that thinks more like developers …

APress – Expert Oracle DB Arch by Tom Kyte

I have a confession to make. I haven’t read an Oracle book cover-to-cover in almost three years. Sure I skim through the latest titles for what I need and of course check out documentation of the latest releases. That’s what good docs provide, quick reference when you need to check syntax, or details of a …