DevOps involves tons of software, technologies, and methodologies. You finally get familiar with Nagios, but more and more people are talking about Sensor now. When you start to try OpenStack, Docker seems to be compelling. Sound familiar? It's really hard to be on top of it!
Here are some practical tips to follow the latest DevOps trend with minimum time.
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- The latest trend is usually cool and lots of fun. Isn't it?
Well, I have to admit that it's nearly impossible to get the latest DevOps trends in 30 minutes. Even if you're DevOps masters, and you're familiar with all technologies involved. However, we can still find some useful tips to better help us.
Cheat Sheet for Impatient Visitors
|Top DevOps Conversation|
|#DevOps Professionals, #DevOps|
|StackOverflow||Hottest DevOps Questions|
|Mailing list||DEVOPS WEEKLY, sreweekly|
|Talk To Expert||We're humans, not machines|
Step 1: Get the Hottest DevOps Key Words
Google has done a wonderful job, providing us excellent learning materials. I deeply believe all developers have the rights to use google, even if you're in China. (See: Free And Temporary VPN For China.)
Choosing the right key words matters. Yes, we can simply google DevOps trends. Hmm, just a bit general and fuzzy, right?
Let's try to answer this question first: Where do DevOpsers usually talk on the internet?
Here are my observations.
- Reddit. The Reddit DevOps channel is my favorite. Whenever I ask a new question, I can always expect lots of deep input or feedbacks.
- LinkedIn. I see daily updates in below LinkedIn Groups: #DevOps Professionals, #DevOps, and #Devops (AWS, etc.). Many updates are business-related, marketing news, or website promotions. Still, we can find useful information from time to time.
- DZone. I'm a frequent visitor of the DevOps Channel in DZone. People tend to talk a lot about DevOps methodologies there. It's my honor to be recognized as an MVB (Most Valuable Blogger) By DZone.com.
- Google+. Google plus doesn't have active DevOps groups, but I found that the related groups are pretty hot (i.e., #Linux).
- Quora. ...although hit's not very active. Quora has a DevOps channel. Most questions are from DevOps beginners.
- Twitter. Personally, I follow hundreds of DevOps influencers in Twitter. So far, no strong recommendations yet. I maintain a twitter list: DevOps-advocate. Also, I constantly check the hashtag #devops.
- Medium. The DevOps tag provides materials with deep reading.
- StackOverflow. Here, you'll find the hottest DevOps questions.
- InfoQ. Check the #DevOps Channel if you're a DevOps guru.
- Facebook. Better skip this one. There are very few DevOps discussions there.
Step 2: Find Your Favorite DevOps Blogs and Websites
There are many DevOps websites on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are of low traffic or only updated occasionally. (DevOps gurus: Please share your preferences.)
If you're in a hurry, you can safely skip this. any serious content publishers will re-post to above platforms. You won't miss the pearls and jewels.
Here is a list of qualified and active DevOps websites.
- blog.serverdensity.com: Lots of handy tips from their CEO and his excellent team.
- datadoghq.com: Many in-depth monitoring tips.
- flux7.com: They have been talking about AWS stuff for years. Very informative.
- devops.com: This one should be famous. Frankly speaking, I usually get lost browsing this website.
- devopsreactions: Cute GIFs about DevOps.
Step 3: Subscribe to Your Favorite Mailing Lists
Step 4: Talk to DevOps Experts You Know
If you happen to know DevOps experts in person, talk with them for half an hour. You will have a much deeper understanding compared to hours of reading on the internet.