So far, I have tried to keep my medium posts talking about technical things. However, now I wanted to write about how come I chose SRE as my profession. What this job gives to me. What I mean when I say it is not my job, it’s my profession.

When I was a teenager, I learned a lot about productivity. My opinion was that half of my job could be done by machines and I would have more free time. I read a lot and I realized that the language to tell the computers what to do is a programming…

I have three nephews, and I thought I need to be a caring aunt for them, so I thought I would buy a book called Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding for Christmas. I read a few pages, and I loved one of the characters’ favorite sentences: Why? My first thought was: this should be normal.

Besides, I realized that some of my colleagues do not understand why logs should be sent to the stdout, they somehow identified it as an antipattern. So, I decided to collect the advantages of this best practice.

Pet or cattle?

Nowadays microservices architectures consist of docker containers, and…

About missing roadmap and missing priorities

Every once in a while I am part of a team where there is a quite weird culture and there are too many steps in the leather, so I can’t attend several planning meetings regardless I am the person who tries to design the infrastructure.

It’s also a pain when you don’t know what happens and what you can’t see further than the end of the sprint. Just imagine how you would make big architectural decisions in this case. This can also happen if you have no roadmap at all, or you have one, but it’s very badly communicated. …

Imagine this situation. You made a software on-premise. There will be a situation for some reason when you need to use containers and not VMs or servers. This situation can be an acquisition or just a requirement from a customer or you just want to be a bit more modern. You are not an infra guy/gal/whatever, you are someone who just made a bunch of services. What would you do? Well I guess an average person would just put everything into a container. …

I was a lifehacker since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I always wanted to automate things in my life, so I decided to learn IT. I thought some of my routine work took too much time and I always asked myself why there is no machine for those things. Maybe that’s why my favorite topic regarding my profession are processes that can be done smarter, aka toils.

Toil is the kind of work tied to running a production service that tends to be manual, repetitive, automatable, tactical, devoid of enduring value, and that scales linearly as a service…

A bunch of colleagues told me the remote work is not working at all. I told them “You know what? You don’t even try!” After this conversation I realized there are lots of companies who are permanently remote and I tried to figure out how to make the home office easier to deal with, because in my opinion communication can be a thing which makes things much easier and I think these people who feel uncomfortable at home office seek connection with others. So here are some tips to make these times much painless.

Be transparent

If you work remotely, you are…

Alexa Vass

I am a girl in IT who talks about experiences and loves to learn new things every time, because IT is not my job, it’s my profession.

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