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Andrew Gorton
Technology. Ish.
Technology. Ish.
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I’ve been procrastinating on my HTML Validator project. But no fear – I’ve now released v2.0.0. Version 2 uses w3.org’s new HTML checker (it all changed when I wasn’t looking!), and I’ve modified it so it’s more suitable for use as an automated check.…
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Akka allows for interprocess communication (be it on the same machine or elsewhere).
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Akka helps develop concurrent and scalable systems using a message-passing mechanism. It supports Scala and Java and there’s also an Akka.NET project. I’m investigating it to see how well it works when you have hundreds or thousands of workers in an…
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In a previous project, we needed information from farmers about what crops they had on their land. As a digital-first service, this was all done via a web UI. Having taken the app out to user testing, we found that this rich internet application struggled…
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Summary of the @LondonDevOps meetup last night

I was at the London DevOps Meetup last night, graciously hosted by Facebook at their London HQ. We had three chats – one about how Facebook ensures it’s running, one about Facebook’s data centres, and one from Google about how they schedule containers…
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I previously posted about how you can use Jenkins in a Docker container, and then use Jenkins Swarm to create build agents automatically? There was an issue with the build agent which caused Maven to download dependencies from localhost. You’d see…
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A training records application using Neo4J

Neo4J is possibly the most well-known graph-based databases. That means it’s not your traditional tables, columns and rows – instead, it stores things as nodes and relationships amongst them. Having watched a presentation about it at QCon London 2015, I…
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How big is your definition of done?

“We’ll just edit our definition of done on the Wiki and add that to it” – anonymous All the agile projects I’ve worked with have a concept of “Done” at the work item level. For some projects, it’s gloriously printed, framed and given pride of place on a…
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If you’re more of an OpenShift than Heroku fan, here’s how you can get your SBT-built Java project onto OpenShift. OpenShift has fewer dynos (“gears”) at the free tier (only 3) but they idle after 24 hours instead of 1, and you get 1gb of disk storage to…
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Getting your SBT-built Java project onto Heroku

I love Heroku for quickly deploying and testing your applications. The free usage tier makes it no cost for simple applications, and the Git Push To Deploy mechanism is a great way to test your build environment isn’t using cached resources. If you’ve got…
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