My first blog post

Yup, yet another technical blog! Finally, have come around to getting one of my own.


Honestly, this has been on my mind for years! I have always been making notes, creating how-to documentation, and lessons learned for myself and my friends/colleagues. Those with who I share my experiences urge me to start my own blog, but it does take a character to lift their finger and start typing without any thought. I am not that guy, I am used to writing technical documentation, so how to write and where to start is quite daunting at first. One piece of advice that was given to me, is to speak my mind and everything else should follow. Well here it goes, I will speak my mind, and hopefully, Grammarly will follow.


I believe I should start with the following…

Disclaimer: Any information or views expressed on this site are my own and not that of my employer.

Yup, that is right, everything that I am going to post is for my learning/development of all the things that interest me. There may be some random content posted initially as I work on existing projects, I will be treating my blog as documentation as well as me rambling on about any new findings or questions even! My next exam will be the NSX VCAP Deploy, so may use the opportunity to create a blog series for my studies. Watch this space.


So I have the content, what has taken me so long? Well, I can be quite picky about the look and feel of my blog, and where and how it is going to be hosted. After some googling, I have narrowed down the type of site to WordPress or Hugo. WordPress would have been the easy choice you could say, with a lot of themes and plugins made available. However, I was after something minimalistic and lightweight, which made Hugo quite appealing!

Hugo is a static site generator, woah what did I just say, static?! It’s extremely fast and secure. Hugo sites can be hosted anywhere, such as Netlify, GitHub Pages, Amazon S3, and Google Cloud Storage. One of the best parts, it runs without the need for a database or dependencies on expensive runtimes like Ruby, Python, or PHP. Hugo provides a package that can be installed locally on your machine, to allow you to generate and preview your content before publishing them publically.

Hugo’s content is written in Markdown, for those who are familiar with Git probably feeling some tingles right about now. Since I use VSCode day in and day out, it was a no-brainer that it was going to be my text editor of choice. Spelling can be a pitfall when typing fast, and loads of us may rely on Grammarly to correct those mistakes! Unfortunately, VSCode is made for coders and not bloggers, so Grammarly never bothered creating an extension for it. Until one guy thought it was about time to bring Grammarly as a third-party extension to VSCode!


That’s a wrap! Thank you for patiently reading my first blog, any feedback is most welcome, as I am looking to improve my writing soft-skills.

Harry Roshan Thambi
VMware Senior Consultant
@ Xtravirt Ltd
Interested virtualisation, cloud and anything that can be automated.