It's official: I hate them. Don't get me wrong, I understand their use and the reasons why potential employers give them out. But the ones where the challenge is to implement some algorithmic doodad or other?
Survivorship Bias: "The logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived” some process and inadvertently overlooking those that didn’t because of their lack of visibility."
A key advantage of AWS is that it is dynamic and can be scaled according to need. That advantage, however, can cause security nightmares. With that in mind, here are 5 easy tips to insure that you keep up your end of the bargain.
In this concise six-minute talk form Datadog, Mike Fielder explores versioning with Chef -- and how to escape "Chef dependency hell."
For years now, I’ve almost always had a server running at home. First it was an old desktop computer and then it was a QNAP NAS. The problem with the QNAP is that it is not fast at all and not as flexible as I would like it to be.
A little while back I wrote about "hacking yourself first" and detailed a bunch of different ways for developers to seek out risks in their own apps, hopefully before attackers find them first. I’m extremely enthusiastic about this approach and believe that developers need to hone cyber-offence skills...
This linksheet explores some of the finest software architectures in recent times, including Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, and many more.
I'm working with a variety of tools and services to keep up with my daily research, curation, analysis and ultimately publishing of stories from the world of APIs. Over the last six months I've migrated to an approach I've called Hacker Storytelling.
This time, I’ve just completed the chapter on Prolog. The previous chapter, which I found reasonably painful as well (but for different reasons) was Io.
As a consultant, I find myself in different environments in need of different configurations. One such configuration is about the Maven settings file.
Most notable features added since the release start of the previous 3.4 branch in May 2011 are the concept of grouping and managing test-suites in projects, Daemon communication now secured via SSL...
A few days ago, I was faced by the options to choose whether our API design should compromise its universality by changing the response in a non-standard format or stick with the original design.
With the latest version of the Open Source Workflow Engine, the project published a stable and scalable framework for the Java Enterprise architecture.
One of the best parts of spinning up a new programming team is setting the processes up from scratch. That means fixing your past failures and, more importantly, playing with the shiny new toys.
Last week, we presented uDeploy to the Global Rational Users Group. Members of the user group community can watch the replay...
Last month I gave an 5 minute Ignite talk at #devopsdays Amsterdam. To summarize, it was a rant against people that think that the end of a sprint their work is done, an idea they might have gotten from a broken definition of "done."
Open multiple shells, share and execute commands, upload files, store connection info for your EC2 instances running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
According to a survey by Electric Cloud, developers spend almost 20% of their time waiting. How does your work week break down compare to the survey results?
From time to time I find myself writing the same code – a task I find boring, tedious and error prone. Today I was writing unit tests on a new machine – since all unit tests start the same way I’ve decided to create a Live Template to speed up my work.
Treating your testing environments with the same care as the production one will result in the early replication of problems.
Remember that feeling you had the first time you launched a vagrant instance and had a virtual machine running with your web application in just a few minutes? That’s the feeling I have again playing with docker… pure awesomeness.
In Silicon Valley I’m old. Not dinosaur old, classic car old.
We ask questions to learn, clarify, and get more details about assumptions we have in our head. Here’s a newsflash: we don’t all have the same assumptions.
Recently I had a job to create some statistics on interactions between our visitors and our landing page. When a visitor downloads our product, requires a license or buys the product, a new line is inserted in the log file of the web server.
As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been playing around with Vagrant for the past couple of days and I was trying to adapt a Vagrantfile that Nathan created a few months ago to do what I wanted.