I have not blogged in the last few months a lot, there were some reasons. I was quite occupied with work and other stuff in my life and I took a great holiday in the month of August. Probably after 10 years and felt very relaxed. I guess taking regular holidays are important and I learned that when you book the holidays in advance the feeling of anticipation is great. You wait for months for that holiday and you have some assurance in your life that a holiday is coming up.
I keep forgetting that writing gives me lot of calmness in life and I always feel good after writing something and sharing on this blog. I wanted to write something today just to kick start the final quarter of the year. I hope I keep writing regularly.
A separate blog post where I will be sharing what I did during my 3 week holiday in India is pending :)
I can't believe half of 2018, time flies. I made myself lot of promises start of the year. Overall I am quite satisfied with myself this year. I feel good when I continuously keep myself abreast of the latest things happening around or at least making an attempt to learn new things. I don't like stillness in life. We should always look forward to get familiar with new things not only related to our direct field of work but in other domains.
What I want to do or could have done in the past 6 months DevOps
It is such a wide field that you can not say that you are an expert in DevOps. This year I will continue learning and exploring this domain further. I already have a good understand of what is DevOps what I am gain more knowledge around certain topics.
I used to maintain one blog called autogrid.info where I used to share tips and tricks on Excel VBA. I wish to do that again. Not sure if I will be able to spend lot of time on this but I wrote a book which I will try to publish this year.
Write a book on Drupal
In 2011 January I wrote a book on Drupal 7 which I also published. The book was not great and rather unfinished. This year I wish in my free time on weekends I can update that book for Drupal 8. I will be very happy if I can finish this task before the end of this year.
Fluent in French
Again one of my dream is to one day speak fluent french. I really want to give more time for the remainder of this year. At least I can read a book and talk to my colleagues to lear more. I did learn lot of things this year but mostly random things, I did not give enough attention on this.
That is it for the time being. Long list is also not good but these are the things that are in my mind.
I will present my experience in implementing two solutions to integrate a live chat support within JIRA Servce Desk.
When you have products and services used by thousands of customers, you need a system in place to streamline the support process. For many users, they prefer to engage with you via live chat support. It’s direct and quick, giving them instant gratification for finding a solution to their problem. For those using Jira Service Desk as their ITSM solution, there hasn’t been a Jira live chat support solution contained within the Atlassian ecosystem – until now.
Earlier this year I shared one solution and during this session I will talk about one more :)
I stumbled across this amazing piece of article on medium that talks about work life balance, whether you can achieve lot of success in life without sacrificing on your personal life if something everyone wonders.
I have been using Vagrant for a very long time now. I love it. It is perfectly to setup the environment and develop for Drupal, however recently I tried moving some of my sites to Drupal 8. I know I am late, very, very late but better late than never :) and I realised setting up the environment manually is a bigger pain, to be honest I am never comfortable setting up LAMP, I don't think I have ever configured Apache perfectly in one go. It always needs some R&D to make it work with Drupal or may be I am not good in it. I don't know. It is a pain.
Vagrant solved this problem for me, but I have been using Vagrant slightly differently. I was using it mainly as a vm with not much provisioning, which I guess is fine. I was happy with it. I use usually one vm for more than one sites.
With Drupal 8 things are different. You need composer plus few other things to make things work. I was able to setup everything but it is still a pain. I want to focus more on developer than setting up environment and now I am planning to have just one vm per project and one more for staging.
I knew about Drupal VM but never really used it for real projects but I cannot avoid it anymore.
In the past few weeks I have been posting a lot of content on my site. I decided that I should be writing small posts using notes concept which is nothing but a way to share updated on my own site. It is working fine so far and I am happy.
For writing proper blogs I was thinking I should be doing a bit more effort in writing them. Instead of just getting them out to the world I should spend more time doing research about the topic and then writing a detailed blog.
It is a very good way to understand the topic, learn new things and when you write with the intention to share and spread knowledge then you also remember it for a long time. I have been doing this for a long time actually.
Sometimes I just search on google with my name and the topic which I wrote many, many years ago.
This year I have ambitious plans - I want to learn french, gain deep insights on DevOps, improve my communication and presentation skills further and also to get back to Drupal development and few others. I want to give my 101% to achieve these goals and writing really gives me a boost.
This year so far has been astonishing for me. I also noticed that when I push myself more to do something I end up doing better in all areas of my life. For instance lately I was making some videos for my new youtube channel at the same time I have been writing a lot on my blog. It really help in building a will power and when I do better in one domain I always end up doing good in other areas.
I was thinking a lot whether I should write very long blogs and I decided now to write at least one good long detailed and useful blog every week. I will probably make a separate section on my blog for such blogs.
I installed this simple chrome extension today that will show the number of Sundays remaining in your life. This chrome extension is developed by Paras Chopra, I follow his blog regularly and I came to know today about this simple extension.
Looking at this image is a constant reminder how short our lives are or I should say how less time we have left in this world.
If everything goes well then I am almost half way through my life.
However with age the energy level, determination and physical strength changes. In most cases it declines. If I look back at my life I don't think right now I work hard enough like I used to. I really miss the days when I was in class 11th and 12th. I think I worked hardest in those 2 years.
So far I spent more than half of my life studying and rest in working but I guess I put more effort in the first half of my life. Life was simple in first half though. Now it is complicated but still I guess I should be working harder.
Now I don't think I work hard enough. I have so much to do in life but so less time left.
This new chrome extension is a constant reminder and a visual aid to tell you that don't waste your time doing trivial useless things.
I have been trying to do the same thing on my Drupal site. Recently I also tried using Known CMS which is working fine but I still need to create a reader. So I can manage everything from one place. This is definitely a very good start. Thanks again for posting.
Lot of students and fresh college graduates ask me this question whether they should learn Jira or not? In this video I tried to answer that question.
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