Studying and passing the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 exam

A few pointers on my first Oracle Cloud certification

At any given point, I’m usually studying for a technical certification (or re-certification). I had some AWS certifications due for renewal in April 2020, but given the current COVID-19 lockdown, AWS kindly added 6 months to their validity, which meant the time pressure was off.

I’ve been working with Azure more and more over the past couple of years, so I had switched gears to studying for the AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies exam before it changes on 2 June 2020 and is retired later in the year. Although I’ve worked with Azure on a daily basis for several years, when preparing for a certification I like the reassurance of following a structured course.

Scott Duffy’s AZ-300 Azure Architecture Technologies Exam Prep 2020 course on Udemy is good, and he keeps it updated (I think I purchased it in late 2016 for the precursor of the exam, the 70-534). In an early video, “What’s So Great About Cloud Computing?”, he quotes the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report. His emphasis is that Azure is a close second behind AWS. However, at number 6 of 7 in the list of “currently used by enterprises”, we see:

  • Oracle Cloud - 16% (up 6%)
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Book recommendations

I recently recommended a few books to a colleague who wanted something to read during the Coronavirus lockdown. Here were my choices:

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A Hugo static site on Netlify

A Hugo static site on Netlify

Introduction Download hugo-extended Find a theme hugo new site git sub module copy config.toml, and adjust settings. Commit Make Netlify aware We have these folders locally: And yet on GitHub, a shorter list: From burntfen, we read: Wait, so why weren’t the other folders - archetypes, content, data, layouts, static - added? Well, they’re empty. Hugo likes empty folders. Git doesn’t. If you want to keep them, you’ll need to add a file into each of them. [Read More]

Experiments with Terraform 0.12

A shared central folder consumed by multiple environment folders A common pattern I’ve used in recent projects is to use a shared folder to contain the Terraform files which: sets the provider (AzureRm) sets any tooling requirements (terraform.exe of at least a certain version) declares variables sets default values for variables at a global level uses the merge function for environment-specific variables creates resources (in this example, Azure Resource Groups) I combine this with separate folders per environment which contain: [Read More]

Cloud certifications

At any given point, I’m usually studying an online course - often for a certification for a cloud platform. Here are the ones I’m planning to take in 2020

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Preparing year-end accounts with FreeAgent

A brain dump of some steps for small business owners, preparing year-end accounts with FreeAgent.

This started as a few bullets points of notes to myself, jotted down when I was pulling together my company’s year-end accounts in the excellent online accounts package FreeAgent More recently, I’ve advised a friend as to what he needs, after parting company with an accountant.

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Experiments with static sites

Reviewing static site generators and choosing Hugo

I plan to write more fully on static sites, particularly covering:

  • exporting from WordPress
  • hosting with AWS S3, Azure Storage Accounts, and Netlify
  • adding in Content Delivery Networks
  • JAMStack sites like Gatsby
  • a CI/CD workflow
  • speed comparisons

Here’s my current journey:

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