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Arun Ramakani is the author of ‘End-to-End Automation with Kubernetes and Crossplane’, we got the chance to sit down and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: What are your specialist tech areas?

Arun: Kubernetes DevOps, Solution Architecture

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?

Arun: I started my author journey as a white paper publisher at Innovation Lab, Emirates Airlines, to identify and socialize emerging technologies’ business potential within the enterprise. Then became a public blogger to help people learn new technologies and architecture patterns through medium.com. Later I was reached by Niranjan from Packt to write a book on Kubernetes.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Arun: It was a couple of months research to finalise the books story line. My research involves reading through multiple blogpost from Crossplane contributors, going through day-to-day discussions in Crossplane community slack channels, experimenting and discovering Crossplane patterns with Hands-on journey.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Arun: Crossplane community slack channel helped me to on a few doubts and the way few patterns works to complete the hands-on journeys. Even reported a few bugs that stopepd my hands-on journeys, in the Crossplane github page and got them fixed. (https://github.com/crossplane/crossplane/issues/2836)

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?

Arun: This will be next stage of evolution in the world of infrastructure automation and will be the next big Kubernetes use-case.

Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?

Arun: This is the fist book on Crossplane covering infrastructure/application/services automation from an end-to-end perspective. This is a unique concept that is getting lot adoption in the recent time in the world of DevOps. The reader can both learn the concept and experiment with hands-on code journeys.

Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?


Understand the context of why Kubernetes based infrastructure automation?
Understand crossplane concepts and a hands-on joury with examples
Extending crossplane to build state-of-the-art infrastructure automation platform with examples
Types of configuration management tools and their best-suited use cases with examples
Patterns to unify application, services and infrastructure automation
Patterns and engineering practices for infrastructure platform as a product

Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

Arun: Learn the concept and experiment with hands-on code journeys

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Arun: https://medium.com/@imarunrk

Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?

Arun: https://danielmangum.com/posts/infrastructure-in-your-software-packages/

Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Arun: What I like about Packt 1) Professional review and feedback mechanism 2) Professional engagement 3) Being very supportive

Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?

Arun: Following technical people on twitter, read blogposts and being part of open-source slack channels are my way to learn new technology

Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?

Arun: When ever I get some time away from work and family 🙂

Q. What is the one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?

Arun: Spend time on book and chapter outline a lot. Once you have a clear flow it is easy to achieve.

Q. Would you like to share your social handles? If so, please share.

Arun: https://medium.com/@imarunrk , https://twitter.com/imarunrk

You can find Arun‘s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here

End-to-End Automation with Kubernetes and Crossplane is Available on Amazon.com