Daily Wrap Up – February 1, 2023 (#021)

Today’s reading list has some case studies, some big-time thinking on PaaS, and some guidance on how not to do bad things.

[blog] AI, PaaS and Punctuated Equilibrium. Might be the most important thing you read today. Or this month. As vendors try to re-create platform-as-a-service over and over, maybe the AI-driven future charts an entirely different course.

[article] Your Tech Stack Doesn’t Do What Everyone Needs It To. What Next? It’s been the “year of low code” for about as long as it’s been the “year of the Linux desktop.” Maybe neither happen, but something will emerge to help teams wrangle the unstoppable sprawl and complexity of modern software.

[article] Has Progress on Data, Analytics, and AI Stalled at Your Company? Yesterday I wondered aloud if we’re getting worse at security, as an industry. Today, are we getting worse at “data” too? This article looks at how to regain your momentum.

[blog] Introducing Security Command Center’s project-level, pay-as-you-go options. Hey, here’s one way to be better at security. Use rock-solid managed products that watch for vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

[blog] 6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day. What can we learn from medieval monks? We can probably learn something from ANYONE who came before us. In this post, Eric looks at how to model our productivity after monks.

[article] How We Manage Incident Response at Honeycomb. Some good practical lessons here as you up your game on mean-time-to-restore metrics.

[blog] S3 Encryption at Rest Does NOT Solve for Bucket Negligence. About Amazon S3, but the advice applies to any cloud storage. If you have open access to buckets (on purpose or accidentally), encryption at rest does nothing to protect you.

[blog] Nintendo: Building a new general-purpose game server using Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Spanner, etc. Platform bets take a while to pay off. The work you start today might not be used by your developers or critical systems for months or years. But when that day comes, it’s worth it. Good story about Nintendo’s investment in a modern stack.

[blog] Examples of Bad Documentation (And How to Do Better). Tech products (internal or customer-facing) need good docs. Adam shares a few bad practices and what “good” looks like.

[blog] Monitor GCE instances with Prometheus and Ops Agent. I like when good platforms extend their reach so that other services can take advantage.

[blog] Unleashing ML Innovation at Spotify with Ray. “The cloud” isn’t your platform. It’s a platform for building your platform. The Spotify team explains how they build a machine learning experience for their teams.

[blog] Save the Date: Google Cloud Next ‘23 is back August 29 – 31. I joined Google right when the pandemic was ramping up, so I’ve never been to an in-person flagship event as an employee. Looks like that’ll change this year, and I hope you join me there.


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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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