Learning Plan

I’ve been told at work to spend some time learning additional topics at home on my own time. My primary focus for this year will be Docker and Kubernetes. From what I have read so far, both will be a challenge. I have become accustomed to configuring and using virtual machines over the past five years. I even have a document to guide me through creating one which takes about one hour.

Docker will eliminate the need for a virtual machine while Kubernetes will eliminate the need for the crontab I have on the VMs.

On the personal side, I have been working through Python and Django. While I am okay at Python, Django will be new to me. I took a class three years ago on PHP and learned enough to create a web page that interacts with a MySQL database. I have been working through the Django class for far too long and new to complete it early this year.

I have also decided to add on two other technologies. The first is Flask. This will be more useful at work than home, but it is not a suggested item at work. I am interested in making some RESTful APIs for some common data collection routines. We’ll see if the class will get me to my objective.

The second class is on D3. D3 (Data Driven Documents) is a JavaScript library for visualizing and interacting with data on the web. I attended a Data Jam session yesterday which was my first encounter with D3. The library is more complicated than I imagined and after a few hours, I decided to utilize the sale at Udemy and purchased a class.

That is quite a bit of learning that needs to be accomplished this year. I have come to a loose grip on the lack of free time I have access to during the week. It’s tough to accept since it puts pressure on the weekends. Dealing with my self-created deadlines will be my personal maturity achievement for the year.


Author: dmcnic

Educated as an economist, I now work as an Analytical Professional for a manufacturing firm. I have have a second job as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington in Bothell. While all baseball interests me, the Mariners are my home town team. Married with one dog.

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