Hello all, as you know very well, one of the most difficult challenges of our jobs is how to keep up with the evolutions and progress of our industry.
Very often we suffer from severe FOMO (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_missing_out) – at least I do, as the amount of new technologies and new stuff that make it to the surface every day is overwhelming.
In my professional past I’ve been repeatedly ask for advice by friends/colleagues on how to keep up to date with those trends (as if I knew!), and I thought I’d share my experience and sources with you to help you navigate through the jungle of buzzwords and new cool things (that perhaps will disappear before you’ll even notice).
I also hope to get feedback from you on what sources/methodologies you use.
Let’s crack on!
My sources are fundamentally 4:
1. Blogs and RSS feeds (see a list below -I also attached an opml file you can import in a feed reader, like Feedly)
I have plenty I follow, starting from Facebook Code, to the Netflix TechBlog, as well as some Internet godfathers (i.e. Rob Shakir, Ivan Pepelnjak, Jason Edelman).
I am a tremendous fan of Packetpushers (http://packetpushers.net/). They are network-centric, but deal with MANY other topics too (microservices, cloud, acceleration, storage, HCI, etc.)
No, not the Lady Gaga videos!
Most of the technical events whose attendance is made impossible by time/money constraints, is usually made possible by recorded videos. Several events are uploaded on Youtube all year long (NANOG/Openstack Summit/VMware world/many others).
One of the good things of living in a global City is that there’s a gazillion of free events happening every every day! (most of the times, free beers and pizza!)
I regularly attend those, which I thoroughly recommend (get in touch if you’re keen to go together!).