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Article Roundup - April 19, 2019

Why software projects take longer than you think – a statistical model Estimating software projects is hard and the bigger they get the harder it gets. Ever notice that the sum of your estimates is usually wrong? In this article, the author talks about some ideas they have had about project estimation and walks through some statistics around it. Avoiding Double Payments in a Distributed Payments System It’s important to not double charge your customers.

Article Roundup - April 12, 2019

Naming Conventions Do’s and Don’ts Your class, function, and variable names matter. If you have read Clean Code, Pragmatic Programmer, or a host of other books you should already know that. This article focuses on JavaScript, but the concepts are universal. Some of the rules may or may not apply to the standards for other languages, but the concepts will mostly hold true. Organizations that Work on Fewer Projects at a Time Get More Done

Article Roundup - April 5, 2019

Enriching Event-Driven Architectures with AWS Event Fork Pipelines Event-Driven architectures are a popular way to deal with applications with a high throughput that require high-availability. Serverless computing works well with event-driven architectures, this article goes through building our the architecture with AWS Event Fork Pipelines. Easily identify problems in Node.js applications with Diagnostic Report In Node.js v11 there is an experimental API called the Diagnostic Report. It is meant to help diagnose errors in production.

Article Roundup - March 29, 2019

5 steps for Disagreeing Effectively Ever strongly disagreed with something, tried to push back, and gotten shut down? I have. You can’t win them all, but to win as many as possible you should take an effective reasoned approach. That is what this article is all about, disagreeing effectively. A system interface to run WebAssembly outside the web WebAssembly has a lot of promise for the web, but people are starting to look beyond the browser as well.

Let's Encrypt - Cloudflare

Let’s Encrypt and certbot are wonderful and make it easy, and cheap, to get SSL certificates setup. But sometimes your application or site isn’t really set up in one of the common patterns. One set up that I use a lot is to have the application running on my server, but have the Cloudflare CDN setup in front of the application. The default [NGINX method][nginx-certbot] won’t work in that case.

Article Roundup - March 22, 2019

Cloud Programming Simplified: A Berkeley View on Serverless Computing I haven’t read the paper referenced here, but it is something I very much intend to read. In 2009 authors from UC Berkley weighed in on cloud computing. This time they weighed in on serverless computing. I look forward to seeing what they have to say. Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets

Article Roundup - March 15, 2019

Principles of Modern Application Development This is a large article, but it is tackling a large topic: modern application development. They break things down into three main principals: keep it small, design for the developer, and make it networked. The principals lend themselves well to a microservices architecture, but they aren’t necessarily advocating for that. You can just as easily accomplish much of what they are looking for by building components or libraries.

Article Roundup - March 8, 2019

OpenAI built a text generator so good, it’s considered too dangerous to release OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, and they recently built a new language model. This model was trained on over 40GB of text from the internet, you’re probably starting to see the problem now. This language model is designed to predict the next word. The model is able to adapt its response based on the style and content of the text it is given as an input.

Article Roundup - March 1, 2019

Ride the Serverless Wave with DigitalOcean’s One-click Droplet Do you want to take advantage of serverless technology but not deal with being locked into Amazon’s or Azure’s particular way of doing serverless functions? You could always try OpenFaaS, just deploy a Docker container on your platform of choice and you are good to go. It may not be managed for you, but you get the flexibility you want. This article focuses on DigitalOcean, but you can run Docker contains just about anywhere these days.

Article Roundup - February 22, 2019

Understanding Database Sharding This article doesn’t focus on one database technology in particular but instead focuses on the theory of database sharding and different sharding architectures. I also liked that it admits that sharding is tricky and provides a list of things to investigate before going down the path of sharding. You are thinking about serverless costs all wrong One thing you do hear about building serverless applications is the cost, and that is a completely valid concern.