A Better Docker Container Tagging Strategy for CI/CD

Continuous delivery is difficult, but if your applications are containerized with Docker you’re moving in the right direction to make things easier! Containers provide a ton of flexibility and portability, but they can become a nightmare once you realize the pain of container management. One thing to make it easier is to have a standard … Continue reading A Better Docker Container Tagging Strategy for CI/CD

From Junior to Senior: Software Engineering Must-Knows

* This is a living document and will be update over time* Why these Resources? Along a software developer’s journey from post-grad to seasoned vet, you come across articles and literature that enlighten you, propelling your skills forward by miles rather than inches. This is a collection of those essential resources that I feel a … Continue reading From Junior to Senior: Software Engineering Must-Knows

Be like Bill. Don’t cherry pick Technologies!

Resist the urge! Include the entire business in your local decisions and focus on optimizing the constraints you have now, not those in your "future".

Why Spark can’t foldLeft: Monoids and Associativity.

Apache Spark is the the elephant in a room full of data processing engines, yet Spark does not supply a foldLeft() or foldRight() method on its RDD class. Strange right? Such a fundamental collection method. How could it be forgotten? Or, was this not an accident? scoreAverageByPlayer(), which would take an RDD, and return an RDD … Continue reading Why Spark can’t foldLeft: Monoids and Associativity.

Zookeeper in AWS: Practices for High Availability with Exhibitor

Overview Zookeeper is a distributed sequentially consistent system developed to attack the many tough use cases surrounding distributed systems such as leader election in a cluster, configuration, and distributed locking. For more Zookeeper recipes visit: http://zookeeper.apache.org/doc/current/recipes.html. Zookeeper clusters(ensembles) can be made of of any number of nodes, but typically take the form of a three … Continue reading Zookeeper in AWS: Practices for High Availability with Exhibitor

A Web Server in 5 Minutes with Scala + Jetty + SBT

Recently, I was tasked with developing a load generation tool on top of Twitter's open source Iago project. I initially validated the request rates of the app using a separate local Play! app as a victim server with restful endpoints summing the requests. But.. this setup wasn't going to cut it within my acceptance test suite. Solution: Embedded Jetty Server. Goal … Continue reading A Web Server in 5 Minutes with Scala + Jetty + SBT

Being an [Effective] Tech Lead

During a long drive the other day I did what I usually do, fumble through the usual technical podcast distribution sites until picking a talk that catches my eye. I landed on an episode of Software Engineering Radio that most developers would glance over and move on in the search for a more buzz-wordy topic, but … Continue reading Being an [Effective] Tech Lead