I love the full stake experience, it is totally different then just the web programing experience, and as I learn small bits and pieces of additional information in the entire life cycle of web programing, it seems I can now understand when it's time to out source versus managing in-house.
At work we have used JW Player for embed video, Uvault for streaming of those videos, Rackspace for dedicated servers for application and database hosting, and only thing at this point is in house is Cygwin (Linux Complier on Windows) and Phpstorm IDE.
Recently I worked with a colleague to setup the WatchGuard XTM 300 Series, after the previous firewall box crashed. The updated version of web console is smooth. What I enjoyed most was setting up "1-1 Nat" from external IP to internal IP, and also setting up Alias for servers and opening up select ports. I still have to recreate VPN access, for select users but from my previous experience, it's not that complicated to set it up on WatchGuard.
In the last two years working with Php, MySql, bash scripts, and Linux has made me more comfortable with setting up new servers and databases, and understanding and relying on automated bash scripts.
Having some understanding of Phyton's pip, composer, chocolatey, and npm seems to make life easier with auto installs; as I don't have to worry about version issues or dependencies.
My personal certification goal is MS SQL Server certification, but currently I am learning Qlik Sense on the side.
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