Feedback loop.

linkedin_groupThe last two months, during the COVID thing, were transformational for this blog. Someone can say the window of the opportunity has been opened by free training and certifications for OCI. Many of us have decided to ride this horse and discover OCI, in-depth. Some of us have reached the highest professional level, some of us are still on the associate one. No matter if you plan to be OCI Architect, OCI Developer, or maybe OCI Ops, there is a lot of work in front of us. It will be a permanent learning cycle.  This is characteristic of the modern cloud world. New features, new services, new knowledge to be discovered and explored. Frankly speaking sometimes I feel overwhelmed, by this massive amount of “new stuff”. I believe you have this feeling too. And here comes the community. That is why I have built a community group on LinkedIn to exchange knowledge. Someone can say it is just another channel to promote this blog, but believe me – my goal has been simple, build the place to exchange knowledge. As much as possible … people who are satisfied with answers… people able to find some form of support from the others. A feedback loop is crucial. Without a feedback loop,  the community doesn’t exist. So I really encourage everyone to ask questions and the others to share the experience in response.

BTW. Many of you are asking how to help, support our blog, YT channel, and LinkedIn group. You can join us to be the next cook in the kitchen (don’t be afraid, this kitchen is extremely big and there is a lot of space to work). Another option is to donate us (check up on the right). If you want to be just a reader of the blog or watcher on YT, I think it is  absolutely OK 🙂 But remember about the feedback loop. If you haven’t subscribed to the channel, please do it now. You can also give us feedback on Linkedin with your likes 🙂


Martin, The Cook.

My thoughts after successful Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer 2020 Certified Associate exam

mattia_rossi_oci_certified_solution_architect_associate_2018Last week I was very busy so it was hard to find a few free cycles to write about it. Yes, I have passed recently Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer 2020 Certified Associate exam. Frankly speaking, it was obvious for me I need to do it. I am a hardcore developer here at FoggyKitchen, mostly with Terraform, but I am also writing a lot of stuff in Ansible for Oracle, for example, Ansible-Database-Migration-Tool (ADMT). You are probably curious if this certification is important and if it is worth spending time on it. Well… I guess it is. The modern world is changing like crazy. Especially now during the COVID-19 outbreak, which transforms business in an extremely fast way. I have heard that recently some big CEO has told that staying away from the cloud today would be like planing to extinct soon. Maybe this is too radical for me, but it gives a sense of mindset shift and technological revolution we are approaching today. I am not sure how it looks like at your place, but in my location, in Poland, after full lockdown, all educational activities have been moved from analog to digital. The teachers must deliver e-schooling via Zoom or on the other platforms. On the other hand, the shops are adapting very quickly to provide a nice and easy e-commerce experience with the delivery of all goodies at your footsteps in your house. For example, I was shocked it wasn’t possible to buy new shoes in the mall for my kids (full lockdown means malls are closed). The spring has approached and their feet were just bigger. There were no excuses. I have done it via e-shop…

And here is a big question. Who will build this brand new world of e-shops, e-schools, e-something, etc? There will be a massive need for cloud developers. The army of flexible programmers capable to utilize all of the features of the modern clouds. That is is why it is worth spending time on this topic – learn about OCI Event Services and OCI Functions,  explore OCI API Gateway, Oracle Kubernetes Engine (OKE),  OCI Autonomous Databases and  OCI Web Application Firewall (WAF). And of course, it is a good idea to get skills and hands-on experience with Terraform (here is my tutorial).

What do you think about it? I am very excited about your feedback in this field…

One more thing… Please remember to subscribe FoggyKitchen YT channel. 🙂

Martin, The Cook.

My thoughts after successful Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Certified Architect Professional exam

mattia_rossi_oci_certified_solution_architect_professional_2019Right, last 2 weeks I was silent. I am so sorry about that, but believe me… I had to focus on 1Z0-997 final preparation. It was a really hard exam. Mostly because of the wide range of topics to be explored in detail. On one hand, I was sure about my knowledge after building my Terraform+OCI tutorial plus some howtos for OCI compute autoscaling or OKE deployment. But frankly speaking still there was a lot of things where I was not fully familiar or let’s say I have forgotten details after a few months with no practicing. So if you ask me how to pass this exam the answer is rather simple. You need to put yourself in front of your computer and watch all videos which are available at Oracle University (OU)Although I guess it is also good to practice with Terraform for most of the OCI services and not count only on theoretical knowledge from learning paths in OU. I have been also asked many times about brain dumps usage… well… honestly speaking I am not a big fan of that approach. Mostly because it is just a shortcut approach. Learning answers for the particular set of questions will not make you capable of architecting OCI cloud topologies for the real customers. You need to know all of the topics well. This is the only way to be really professional. I know it is hard, especially when there is no time, but this is only way 🙂 Good luck on your exams! I know from Rohit’s message that OCI certs are now extremely popular! It is another sign that our OCI community is growing! :)))

Bon Appetit,

Martin, The Cook.