We're excited to welcome Paul Balogh (@javaducky on Twitter) to the team! As a Developer Advocate he'll focus on SRE as a topic, and on creating and maintaining custom integrations using the xk6 extensions platform. Paul is based in the St. Louis area, in the US.
What made you join k6 / Grafana Labs?
Having had exposure to Grafana and k6 with my previous employer, I already knew they were some solid products. I was really excited about the prospect to engage the community and promote these further as a Developer Advocate. Everyone I've met thus far from Grafana and k6 have been awesome individuals! I'm really looking forward to the camaraderie and learning.
What's your background?
I've been a software developer/architect for over 20 years, wrangling various languages. This is actually my second career! I never really thought of computer science as a career; I was working as an accountant, finishing my university studies and took course on Unix and C++ on a whim. I. Loved. It. So in 1997, I got my first job as a software engineer.
I started my professional software career writing in Visual FoxPro and VisualBasic. I then moved on to Java shortly after Y2K, continuing with that for many years. I've also done some C#, Python, and even a little Perl.
The last few years, I'd been architecting and building microservices while working with various cloud technologies: Kubernetes, Helm, and Kafka -- but also Grafana, Prometheus, and k6. I even contributed to some open source projects; Linkerd and Viper being some of the names you may know. So by now, I'd once again reached a point to slightly pivot my career trajectory: focus more on providing mentorship, teaching, and community building for engineers.
What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy going for rallies with my Mini Cooper owners club. Pre-COVID, I enjoyed playing bass guitar with my bandmates, but now I'm learning to play guitar. I enjoy watching Formula 1 and playing tennis when I'm able.
What will your first order of business be at k6?
Becoming a better tester! I look forward to thinking more about how to better ensure the reliability of applications and services.
During my Week of (Load) Testing I took the extensions ecosystem for a spin. I spent special attention to the customization of k6 with the Extensions API using Golang. I suggested a multi-stage Docker build as a quick fix for a known issue, and found some inconsistencies because of the mix of k6 supported, and community attributed extensions.
How do you slice your pizza? Pizza cutter or scissors?
I use a pizza cutter for creating my slices, but I'll use a fork and knife to eat my pizza because I'm civilized. People raise their eyebrows at that though...
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