It’s weird how things decay online. A 404 here, a failed git submodule update there can lead to weird things breaking. I noticed that happening with chrisshort.net. The site had gotten slower too despite it being a static site served through Cloudflare. I spent an evening looking for new Hugo themes. Testing their performance, figuring out what design would work best for me, and looked pleasant.
Last night, I ended up picking the updated version of the theme I was already using. Today, I tuned it for a balance of features and performance. Then I went about tweaking the features to my liking. After cleaning up some 404s, I promoted the branch to master, and the CI was off and running.
At what point was I doing web development? I don’t know. But, that’s how I got my second big job in tech. Internet Explorer (back when it was on a coveted CD) came with FrontPage Express. Say what you want about FrontPage. But, I knew how to use Microsoft Word and FrontPage Express gave me a WYSIWYG that showed me how to write HTML at the flip of a switch. Then I started writing web sites to W3C specs, discovered CSS, and ended up writing more web sites in Notepad then later jed and vim.
I was a senior in high school and needed a job after work. It was a fortuitous event that I needed internet access and they needed me. I took what I learned in my first tech job as an MIS technician and what I learned about Web 1.0 on my own and turned it into one of the best jobs I ever had. I learned about enterprise IT, Windows, and Linux. I read RFCs, ran internet services and loved my massive desk with two customized computers. One computer ran Windows 98 (seldom used) and my daily driver ran Red Hat Linux. The best part was the full T-1 speed late at night.
Then the dot-com bubble burst and off to the Air Force I went. Where I did do some upgrading of Air Combat Command’s websites. At no point though did I consider myself a web developer but, maybe that should change. I’ve done it longer than I’ve done DevOps. Ha! Who am I kidding? This is hard stuff and I’d rather leave it up to the experts. Web development is hard. Fight me.
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Because they thought it was something they could buy and put no effort into changing their culture! https://t.co/k3HTigfrsP— Justin Garrison (@rothgar) November 14, 2018
I'm Chris Short, 20+ veteran of the IT industry and 11 year veteran of the US Air Force. I help people and companies embrace DevOps practices and tools through writing and public speaking. I am a staunch advocate for transparency and open source solutions to problems. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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