Kamil Mrzygłód is the author of Azure for Developers, Second Edition, 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?
Kamil: Application development in cloud / FinOps
Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
Kamil: I’m working with Packt for a couple of years and had a chance to release two books – one for development applications in Azure and one for Azure administration. I was contacted over LinkedIn a few years ago and asked whether I’d like to write a book about Azure.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Kamil: Microsoft Azure is not necessarily about doing a research – it’s a dynamic technology, which constantly changes so the main challenge is to find topics, which have a chance to be up to date for more than half a year. Most of the information I’m putting in the book is based on my personal professional experience.
Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Kamil: The main challenge is making sure, that finished book is still relevant. We need to constantly track back content, which is ready and verify it against latest changes delivered to Azure. Thankfully, technical reviewers are always ready to give a feedback and make notes, that some parts of the book should be updated once again before releasing the title.
Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
Kamil: Azure (or cloud in general) is current bread & butter of many companies. We’ve reached a point where cloud computing is no longer a “fancy technology” – it’s a fundamental piece of many modern applications and is going to stay with us for many years. The only thing that’s changing is the approach – we started with VMs and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, went through PaaS components and now challenging serverless & containers. I believe this direction will continue and we’ll see more and more managed services ready to be used with simplified configuration.
Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
Kamil: All the books are different, but we already confirmed, that first edition was a success considering covered topics and overall approach. Second edition is following the same idea but we included more stuff, which is turning out to be helpful for developers. It’s an evolution of the established approach.
Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?
Kamil: Expect the book to be an entry point. Take a look at the documentation, look for solutions which are presented there. The book is here to learn you taking first steps and help understand initial concepts.
Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?
Kamil: Learn to read documentation – it’s really that simple. Also, when cloud is considered, always assume you made an invalid estimation – the nature of that environment is unpredictable.
Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
Kamil: I don’t have a blog, but you can follow me on Twitter / LinkedIn.
Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Kamil: A great, and much more holistic view, can be found on my friend’s blog and Youtube channel – https://marczak.io. He’s one of the fellow Azure MVPs and great teacher.
Q. How would you describe your author’s journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
Kamil: If you want to focus on writing, that the best way to approach writing your first title.
Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?
Kamil: Yes, but the one I’m attending is only for Polish-speaking people – https://github.com/AzureCommunityPL/group/discussions
You can find Kamil’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here