Posts by Year

2019

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.

Factfulness

1 minute read

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

Atomic Habits

3 minute read

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

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2018

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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2015

Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns

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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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2014

Downgrading a PECL extension

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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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2013

Apache redirect to SSL

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

Supply arguments to a rake task

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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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2012

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...

Installing rbenv on OSX / ZSH

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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...

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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2011

First steps with CoffeeScript

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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...

Some VIm tips for navigation

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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...

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...

From scraps and notes to Jekyll

less than 1 minute read

I’m not usually one for writing, but over the last few months I find myself scribbling down lots of notes, usually just for documenting steps to do a particu...

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