December 3, 2012
I'm lucky enough to have been asked back as a blogger for LISA'12 in San Diego (have you registered yet? You should!), and I've been able to interview some great folks about their new training classes.
Last week, I spoke to William Lefabvre about his Amazon Web Services class, and if your company has been thinking about getting its feet wet in the whole AWS thing, you should really attend William's class. It's completely possible to pick it up on your own, but you can easily save yourself a week or two of effort just by attending that class.
This week, my interview is up with David Blank-Edelman, who is teaching a class on Implementing WordPress. He's gearing it for system administrators who are (or will be) tasked with building a multitiered web platform for their company. I use wordpress to power my blog, but I'm only using a fraction of its capability - it's a full-fledged Content Management System now. Read the interview to see some of the reasons that David thinks its still big and growing bigger, and to check out his three favorite plugins.
If you haven't talked to your company about sending you to LISA, it isn't too late. If you're a LOPSA member, you get a discount, as you do if you're a member of USENIX or their special interest group for system administrators, LISA (not to be confused with the conference of the same name). The hallway track is worth the cost of attendance, but really, its in your company's best interest to have you trained by the foremost experts in the technologies that you use every day. Tell your company that. Tell them I said they should send you!