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aws

Using S3 Lifecycle Policies

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Amazon Simple Storage Service, or S3 as we know it, is a managed service for object storage. It is used to store all sorts of data, such as images, videos, a...

EC2’s new vCPU-based on-demand limits

1 minute read

In an effort to simplify the ec2 limit management experience, AWS recently announced that it was moving on-demand EC2 instance limits away from the existing ...

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 2)

2 minute read

In part one of the series, we looked at using CloudFormation to codify your AWS infrastructure. I concluded with mentioning some painpoints that you might en...

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 1)

5 minute read

As part of some recent infrastructure upgrades, I’ve been spending quite some time in the land of CloudFormation. If you’re unfamiliar with CloudFormation, i...

Reserving Amazon RDS resources

2 minute read

Reserved RDS instances (RIs) can be used to reserve a resource for a one year or a three term in exchange for a billing discount - a sizeable discount compa...

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reading

Mental Models

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I recently read The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts, and took some notes along the way.

On Writing Well - Principles

2 minute read

I recently read On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. In this book, the author provides seven principles that can be used to write great non-fiction. These ...

Limitless

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Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a ...

The Body - A Guide For Occupants

2 minute read

I am currently reading The Body: A Guide For Occupants by Bill Bryson. This is my first Bryson book, and although I am only about half of the way through, i...

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agile

Using Kanban to Surface Problems

12 minute read

Background to Kanban Kanban has its origins in Japan, in a Toyota factory. It was developed in response to Toyota’s poor performance relative to their Americ...

Buffer your Sprints

2 minute read

My team has been successfully delivering software to our stakeholders using the Scrum framework. The fixed duration sprints and detectable/measurable velocit...

Jira Dashboards for an Agile Project

2 minute read

Jira dashboards are a useful way to take a quick peak into a project to get a feel for their state and health. Think of them as an at-a-glance healthcheck.

Do Just One Thing

1 minute read

A short post on the merits of doing just one thing at a time, extracted mostly from Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum book, and some supporting / referenced materials.

Effective Kanban standups

1 minute read

Some thoughts on making the most of your daily standups. These tips were extracted from Manning’s Kanban In Action which I would recommend for all teams who...

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php lithium

li3_airbrake - Lithium Airbrake plugin

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I recently wrote a plugin for Lithium that reports application errors to the awesome Airbrake.io service. I’ve been writing code for various Airbrake project...

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javascript

JavaScript instanceof vs typeof

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I’ve been writing JavaScript for quite some time, but only recently came across instanceof, typeof on the otherhand I’ve always been aware of.

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software

Buffer your Sprints

2 minute read

My team has been successfully delivering software to our stakeholders using the Scrum framework. The fixed duration sprints and detectable/measurable velocit...

Jira Dashboards for an Agile Project

2 minute read

Jira dashboards are a useful way to take a quick peak into a project to get a feel for their state and health. Think of them as an at-a-glance healthcheck.

The four states of a team

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Identified by Will Larson in An Elegant Puzzle, a team can be viewed as residing within one of four states.

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ruby

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cloudformation

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 2)

2 minute read

In part one of the series, we looked at using CloudFormation to codify your AWS infrastructure. I concluded with mentioning some painpoints that you might en...

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 1)

5 minute read

As part of some recent infrastructure upgrades, I’ve been spending quite some time in the land of CloudFormation. If you’re unfamiliar with CloudFormation, i...

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stackmaster

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 2)

2 minute read

In part one of the series, we looked at using CloudFormation to codify your AWS infrastructure. I concluded with mentioning some painpoints that you might en...

CloudFormation and StackMaster (part 1)

5 minute read

As part of some recent infrastructure upgrades, I’ve been spending quite some time in the land of CloudFormation. If you’re unfamiliar with CloudFormation, i...

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ec2

EC2’s new vCPU-based on-demand limits

1 minute read

In an effort to simplify the ec2 limit management experience, AWS recently announced that it was moving on-demand EC2 instance limits away from the existing ...

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hiring

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kanban

Using Kanban to Surface Problems

12 minute read

Background to Kanban Kanban has its origins in Japan, in a Toyota factory. It was developed in response to Toyota’s poor performance relative to their Americ...

Effective Kanban standups

1 minute read

Some thoughts on making the most of your daily standups. These tips were extracted from Manning’s Kanban In Action which I would recommend for all teams who...

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scrum

Buffer your Sprints

2 minute read

My team has been successfully delivering software to our stakeholders using the Scrum framework. The fixed duration sprints and detectable/measurable velocit...

Jira Dashboards for an Agile Project

2 minute read

Jira dashboards are a useful way to take a quick peak into a project to get a feel for their state and health. Think of them as an at-a-glance healthcheck.

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linux

Building your new CentOS box

2 minute read

I tend to use Dediserve for my VPS solutions, and anytime I create a new box with them, I generally build it the same way. Most of the steps I’ve picked up a...

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devise

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rspec

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rails

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capybara

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vim

Some VIm tips for navigation

1 minute read

VIm is my primary editor,.. actually, scratch that, my only editor. I spend most of my awake time in terminals writing code and over the years I’ve found VIm...

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php

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nodejs

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express

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mongodb

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heroku

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coffeescript

First steps with CoffeeScript

less than 1 minute read

I’ve been intending to use CoffeeScript for ages now. Rails adopting it was the kick up the arse I needed to go and learn it. I got a copy of CoffeeScript as...

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linux bash

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rbenv

Installing rbenv on OSX / ZSH

less than 1 minute read

I recently switched from using rvm to using rbenv for managing different ruby versions. The install is relatively straightforward, but a few caveats when usi...

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ruby rake

Supply arguments to a rake task

less than 1 minute read

Whilst working on a recent project, I wanted to create a rake task that would send a curl request to a particular url. It was a pain to keep changing the re...

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php facebook

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apache

Apache redirect to SSL

less than 1 minute read

This is something I can never remember, and keep having to Google.

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ruby gem

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jquery

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facebook

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pecl

Downgrading a PECL extension

less than 1 minute read

I recently upgraded the Mongo PECL extension that a project depended upon, only to get hit with a load of Segfaults on OSX. I had used the pecl upgrade mongo...

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gem

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smalltalk

Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns

1 minute read

I was recently asked by a friend about which programming books I’ve found most useful over the years. I’ve read a lot of software development books but one o...

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oop

Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns

1 minute read

I was recently asked by a friend about which programming books I’ve found most useful over the years. I’ve read a lot of software development books but one o...

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chef

Test-driven provisioning with Chef

2 minute read

Chef is a killer tool for automating and testing your software stack. In this post I’d like to demonstrate our method of TDD’ing our infrastructure.

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tdd

Test-driven provisioning with Chef

2 minute read

Chef is a killer tool for automating and testing your software stack. In this post I’d like to demonstrate our method of TDD’ing our infrastructure.

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inspec

Test-driven provisioning with Chef

2 minute read

Chef is a killer tool for automating and testing your software stack. In this post I’d like to demonstrate our method of TDD’ing our infrastructure.

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serverless

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lambda

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habits

Atomic Habits

3 minute read

Some notes and observations from Atomic Habits, by James Clear.

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html5

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canvas

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factfulness

Factfulness

1 minute read

Some notes from Factfulness (Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think).

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rds

Reserving Amazon RDS resources

2 minute read

Reserved RDS instances (RIs) can be used to reserve a resource for a one year or a three term in exchange for a billing discount - a sizeable discount compa...

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standup

Effective Kanban standups

1 minute read

Some thoughts on making the most of your daily standups. These tips were extracted from Manning’s Kanban In Action which I would recommend for all teams who...

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elasticsearch

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elk

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career

Goal-setting

2 minute read

End of year. Goal-setting season is upon us. A lot of people see this as little more than a box-ticking exercise, but don’t fall into this trap. Goal-setting...

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goals

Goal-setting

2 minute read

End of year. Goal-setting season is upon us. A lot of people see this as little more than a box-ticking exercise, but don’t fall into this trap. Goal-setting...

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s3

Using S3 Lifecycle Policies

3 minute read

Amazon Simple Storage Service, or S3 as we know it, is a managed service for object storage. It is used to store all sorts of data, such as images, videos, a...

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glacier

Using S3 Lifecycle Policies

3 minute read

Amazon Simple Storage Service, or S3 as we know it, is a managed service for object storage. It is used to store all sorts of data, such as images, videos, a...

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cloudfront

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personal

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workflow

Do Just One Thing

1 minute read

A short post on the merits of doing just one thing at a time, extracted mostly from Jeff Sutherland’s Scrum book, and some supporting / referenced materials.

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software handovers

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databricks

Databricks - An Introduction

1 minute read

I recently started learning about Databricks, a unified data analytics platform. The platform is large and this is a relatively new domain to me, so these ar...

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bigdata

Databricks - An Introduction

1 minute read

I recently started learning about Databricks, a unified data analytics platform. The platform is large and this is a relatively new domain to me, so these ar...

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jira

Jira Dashboards for an Agile Project

2 minute read

Jira dashboards are a useful way to take a quick peak into a project to get a feel for their state and health. Think of them as an at-a-glance healthcheck.

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psychological safety

Psychological Safety

4 minute read

Notes and learnings from the fearless organization, and some surrounding resources.

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diversity

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inclusion

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zalando

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feedback

Feedback Templates - SBIN vs COIN

1 minute read

Some notes on two different feedback templates, and my 2c on when to opt for one over the other. Almost identical, they differ only on how the stage is opene...

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sbin

Feedback Templates - SBIN vs COIN

1 minute read

Some notes on two different feedback templates, and my 2c on when to opt for one over the other. Almost identical, they differ only on how the stage is opene...

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coin

Feedback Templates - SBIN vs COIN

1 minute read

Some notes on two different feedback templates, and my 2c on when to opt for one over the other. Almost identical, they differ only on how the stage is opene...

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writing

On Writing Well - Principles

2 minute read

I recently read On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. In this book, the author provides seven principles that can be used to write great non-fiction. These ...

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interviewing

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development

Keeping a Bragdoc

4 minute read

At the beginning of each year, I spend a considerable amount of time speaking and advising colleagues and peers on the topic of goals and ambitions. Regardl...

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growth

Keeping a Bragdoc

4 minute read

At the beginning of each year, I spend a considerable amount of time speaking and advising colleagues and peers on the topic of goals and ambitions. Regardl...

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bragdoc

Keeping a Bragdoc

4 minute read

At the beginning of each year, I spend a considerable amount of time speaking and advising colleagues and peers on the topic of goals and ambitions. Regardl...

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