Lessons Learned + News in April 2021

This is what I learned in April 2021:

  1. I found the Gingko-App that lets you create outlines for articles and books easily. I like the keyboard navigation and the clean design.
  2. Renaming the logical IDs of resources in AWS CloudFormation is not possible. I ran into an “… already exists in stack …” error because of CloudFormations interpretation of a renamed resource. Updating an existing stack with renamed logical IDs of resources causes the creation of the resources with the new logical IDs. That fails due to the fact that the resource itself already exists.

Books I read:

I actually read some books but did not find the time to post process them yet.

This is what I’m working on right now / planning to do in the near future / other stuff:

  1. The project I’m most excited about at the moment is beyond doubt “Developer on the Stage”. A lot has happened in this month: There is a book cover, the official website launched, I released the second newsletter and already did some marketing at a cyber conference. This all took a ton of my time and energy but I’m really glad it turned out the way it is now. In theory, I could launch the book at any moment as an ebook. However, I’d like the printed version available, too. I hope I can finally release the book as soon as the formatting for the printed version is done.
  2. I wrote a summary about the first IT Hub Exchange meeting. This gathering of IT community leaders of Brunswick is supposed to help volunteers to organize meetups. The first of those meetings already took place in end of 2020. The article, which is only available in German, lists best practices for virtual community meetups.
  3. My sidekick project HackTalk is doing very well. Despite the move to the online meeting medium, there are plenty of participants and speakers and I get very good feedback. There are already some experiments and next evolution steps on my list, so stay tuned! ;)

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