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Catching Up, Planning Forward

posted on September 29, 2022 | tags: [ planning ]
Past, Present and Future Stuff

Catch Up, Planning Forward


I'm taking a snapshot now - work, volunteer, professional and personal facets of my life.


I am always working, happy to be in my field - which is somewhere between nomadic developer and enterprise architect. I've been more on the architect side recently, with a focus on cloud platforms and interoperability (always the ilities). And of course everything converges with security, identity and safe architecture.

TODO: Safe architecture is something to think about for a blog post or series.

Last week, I wrapped up work at a client where I was both architect and engineer. I spent some time and worked with cool stuff in the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Learned a few products and published several architectural decision records (ADRs). I also was the lead engineer for a good security project to solve root registration by creating an out of band account management feature.


On the SJSL side (as Information Officer), I have many projects running concurrently. I want credit card payments, an integrated referee platform and soon a new website. I am working with the various people and organizations to get buy in and ideas.


I lined up a few training series - Software Architecture Fundamentals on O'Reilly, GCP, Security Best Practices on Google Cloud. I spend at least an hour in training on something each day, if not more.


I started a personal project to reverse translate the Russian translation of The Silmarillion, Сильмариллион for fun. Checking out Brandon Sanderson's class and reading Stephen King's "On Writing" for a writing project.

My Present State

  • Working on a Swift project
  • Some architectural deep diving on microservices, Kafka and Elastic.
  • AWS Partner: Well-Architected Best Practices (Technical).
  • Some work looking at Microsoft Teams App development at the Microsoft Teams Developer Portal.
  • Security training
  • Projects? Writing? Coding?

The Path Forward

Of all the things I want to do, what can I complete?


  1. Beginning Firebase for iOS
  2. Google Cloud Platform
  3. Event-Driven Microservices: Spring Boot, Kafka and Elastic
  4. AWS Partner: Well-Architected Best Practices (Technical)
  5. Microsoft Teams Developer Portal
  6. Security Best Practices in Google Cloud

Image Credit

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash

Quote Credit

Henry David Thoreau Quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/henry_david_thoreau_382352