I have been working for two weeks on this cloud based management for my access control system and it is going well.
There have been a couple of days of total head-bang-against-wall stupidity, but mostly going well. I ended up making a new MQTT client module for my ESP32 as part of it even. The practice in MQTT server and client code bodes well for my putting MQTT in FireBricks, by the way.
One of the things I did was send a controller to someone from a hackspace and I have to say that was a great decision. He is making helpful suggestions and finding bugs and asking sensible questions. If you want the perfect tame customer, they are the ones!
I have some shiny new boards, yay!
So yes, that is progress.
Next week I have other work to do, but I'll come back to this with feedback from the first couple of real users, including a hackspace.