Webminister Technical Team

Now that the migration dust has mostly settled down, it’s time to look ahead to what’s next!

I do want to take a moment to speak of the incredible work of all our webministers to get through this on such short notice. There was a lot of coordination that had to be done and there were lots of people that pitched in to help. I’m honestly a little tardy in saying this, I think the ‘praise publicly’ bit is something I need to work on in this coming year. So while it’s a bit late, just know that your efforts were seen and appreciated, and that the whole Kingdom should know of it.

That being said, the migration did introduce additional complexity into our technical infrastructure. Think of it this way: we were just riding the bus. Now we’re driving the bus AND changing its oil and rotating its tires.

To that end, I would like to gather up a group of volunteers to help maintain the infrastructure. This will be similar to our Issues team, but will handle primarily technical tasks plus the routine maintainance that goes on behind the scenes. The time committment will be whatever you are willing to put into it. The work will be things like: fixing bugs, running patches/updates, and having general infrastructure know-how. A lot of stuff is automated, but it’s good to have someone else that knows how to restore from a snapshot in case I’m busy wrestling sharks off the coast of Lake Eerie and we need to do an emergency server reboot. Some of the tool/languages we are using include:

  • Oracle Apex
  • WordPress
  • Google Cloud
  • Heroku
  • Ruby
  • PHP/Javascript

If you’re comfortable with any of those and want to volunteer, great! If you’re thinking, wow, that sounds really interesting, but I’ve never worked with server stuff before! I just wrote some HTML that one time. That’s okay! Learning on the job is part of IT, after all, and I’ll be happy to teach you what you’re interested in learning.

If this is of interest to you, please reach out via the contact form below with a description of your current technical experience. Thank you!