Interview with Author Bernd Nordhausen

Bernd Nordhausen is the author of Terraform for Google Cloud Essential Guide; 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?

Bernd: Cloud Architecture, Google Cloud, Terraform

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

Bernd: Packt approached me to write a book on Terraform for Google Cloud. I thought it would be an interesting experience writing a book, and it certainly was.

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

Bernd: I already was very familiar with Google Cloud and Terraform having worked with it for several years. Thus, the main research was to deepend my knowledge.

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

Bernd: I was unsure whether I had the right technical experience to write the book but became more confident as I progressed in the book. 

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

Bernd: Google Cloud has the smallest market segment share of the three major cloud providers but has the largest growth rates. I see that trend continuing for some time. Terraform is the most popular Infrastructure as Code tool but new tools such as Pulumi.

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

Bernd: This is the first Terraform book that focuses solely on Google Cloud. All the other books focus on AWS or Azure.

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

Bernd: If you are serious about working in a cloud, any cloud, you need to know Infrastructure as Code, and Terraform is the most versatile IaC tools.

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

Bernd: Never stop learning. 

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?

Bernd: medium.com is pretty good.

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

Bernd: For me, the journey was pretty smooth. It did help that I don’t have a full-time job, so I had more time than people that need to juggle writing a book with their regular job.

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

Ashwin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/berndnordhausen/

You can find Bernd’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here

Terraform for Google Cloud Essential Guide is Available on Amazon.com

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