(I’ll explain this picture later.)
This whole thing started when I posted Why don’t more people know how to do packet analysis? on reddit. Up to that point, I thought maybe it was just me and a few others who valued and dug packet analysis since I hadn’t met many people who could do it really well. That thread showed me that people do understand the value, but that it’s difficult to get started.
So how do you learn? Let’s talk about the first step.
In the past, I’ve found things that interest me and that I want to learn. Like I wanted to learn how to program an iPhone app so I bought a book. I kinda learned some stuff but I never built anything. I used to do some video production and I wanted to learn After Effects so I bought a book. I kinda learned some stuff, but did I ever do anything other than a stupid lightsaber joke with AE? No. I wanted to learn how to breakdance. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and cleared out my living room floor. I’ll let you guess how that went.
The point is I didn’t have a burning desire or reason to learn. So I didn’t. I just thought it was cool.
Using packet analysis for finding root cause is a skill. I reckon there’s an art to it as well. You can learn but it takes time and effort. If you don’t have a good reason that will help keep you at it, stop now. You might as well click on to the next thing. Have you seen the gymnast girl completing the Ninja Warrior course? It’s real popular right now. Go enjoy that.
Here are some reasons off the top of my head why you might want to learn packet analysis:
I get a lil high from solving problems, especially hard ones that other people couldn’t solve. I remember meeting an engineering manager from another office for the first time and he said, “So you’re the one my guys talk about that can analyze traces like the wind.” That felt real fuckin’ good, y’all. You can be That Guy too. It just takes consistent effort and a desire to do it.
Leave a comment and tell me:
Identifying why you want to learn is the first step. We’ll talk about the next step in the future.