Check out my technical blog
I’ve owned michaellamb.dev since I became a developer full-time because I knew one day I would be brave enough to learn in public. I am currently a Software Developer II at C Spire, a telecommunications and technology company headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi. A lot of my job at C Spire is reading and writing code but occasionally I get to assist in the creation of technical documents or other technical artifacts through a collaborative knowledge-sharing effort we call C Spire I/O.
I/O is loosely inspired by Google I/O, a technology conference organized by Google. Our audience for I/O is not generally public as sometimes the content we generate is proprietary in nature, contrasted by Google’s I/O being made available for free as a digital experience in 2021.
I mention C Spire I/O because it is a fun and challenging opportunity trying to combine two separate yet interconnected departments at C Spire: Network and IT. Engineers on the Network side enable us to deliver our cell service and fiber internet and help design and expand our footprint. Developers and engineers on the IT side write enterprise software that runs on the network and in some ways can affect network operations, at least from the view of a customer as they experience IT applications to manage their account. During C Spire I/O we get these groups together, share food, and listen to technical presentations designed for and by developers and engineers.
An opportunity I learned about from C Spire I/O was the future of IoT, or the Internet of Things. What our research revealed to me was a gap in my knowledge: infrastructure. I decided to devote more time toward growth in this area first by reviving michaellamb.dev as a technical blog. I have previously hosted a blog built using Ghost which offered a Medium-like editing experience on an open-source platform and served my purposes of giving me a creative outlet. I deleted this iteration of michaellamb.dev sometime in 2020 with the intention of restarting it at some point in 2021. The current michaellamb.dev is hosted for free using GitHub Pages. Blog posts are written in Markdown, so the content can be easily redeployed with a new Jekyll site if I ever decide to work with a graphic designer. Much of setting this up was familiar to me as it’s not unrelated to work I do on a daily basis as a software engineer at C Spire, though my technical blog content is not related in any way to my…