Want to know what actually goes on under the platform and behind the screens at a serverless monitoring platform? We recently sat down for a Q&A with Dashbird’s CTO, Marek Tihkan, to chat all things leading and managing a serverless engineering team.
Today, speak to Alex Katsero, one of the serverless software engineers at Dashbird, and the brain and elbow grease behind the newly launched Dashbird Atlas, a real-time 3D map of your entire serverless environment. In this Q&A Alex gives you his insights and some visibility into what his days are like, and shares his perspective as a developer on working with serverless and the learning curves of this new way of computing.
How long have you been a developer?
Working at Dashbird is my first prominent professional role but I’ve been coding and developing my own projects for a while. I learned early on that I enjoyed it and am now lucky enough to do it as my job every day!
What has the transition from traditional to Serverless been like?
Since the start, it’s been a series of “a-ha!” moments and the journey continues to be like that. I love how well services can integrate with each other but I’ve found that it can be hard to learn the details of the Serverless world because they’re just not so obvious sometimes.
It becomes increasingly clear though that there are multiple situations where Serverless makes much more sense over traditional infrastructure and architecture models, such as event-driven applications. Given the way Serverless is going and from my own experience, I know my transition and learning will be ongoing as new possibilities continue to come along.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
To be honest, the most enjoyable part for me is working on my team. I’m surrounded by incredibly smart people who I’m able to learn from and share my ideas with.
How do your mornings start?
I’m the Scrum Master, which means I lead the daily stand up for the team each morning. In this, we each discuss our progress during the sprint and raise any obstacles or blockers we’re facing. It’s a really social, helpful, and fun way for us to check-in with each other, especially useful when working remotely, and to have a forum to reflect on what did and didn’t work before.
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In this article, take a look at a developer's perspective on working with serverless.