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AI: Fear, Facts and The Future

Media excitement about AI has been escalating in the last few months, especially as a threat to jobs. The basic facts being reported may true, but many important contexts and facts are missing, and often the angle is all wrong.

Published at: 2023-03-26

Interview: Nick Jenkins On Lean

Nick Jenkins played a key role in the founding and growth of Mechanical Rock, now a successful cloud company in Australia. While we didn't get to chat much while I worked there, I knew he had a passion for Lean. When I heard he had some upcoming free...

Published at: 2023-03-09

3 Kent Beck Insights That Are Still True

Kent Beck is a bit of a legend for programmers. His 2008 book 'Implementation Patterns', while focussed on Java and Object-Oriented programming, still has some important insights for all programmers to know.

Published at: 2023-02-28

4 Lessons from Seneca

Seneca's letters aren't light reading, but they have many important messages written millennia ago which are still relevant today. Here are 4 that I think are worth knowing.

Published at: 2023-02-19

AWS CLI JSON Filtering Part 2: An Advanced Example

Part 2 of learning advanced JSON filtering with JMES and JQ. This post runs through an example of re-structuring output from a CLI SQL query to insert directly into DynamoDB.

Published at: 2023-02-13

Opinion: AI's Rocky Revolutionary Road

After a burst of media frenzy, the curtains have been parted on AI such as ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion. At with any hot topic, there is more than initially met the eye. With Microsoft's big investment into OpenAI, how open is the future likely to be?

Published at: 2023-02-10

AWS CLI JSON: Advanced Filtering Techniques

After interacting more often with AWS, and especially its JSON output, I found I needed more tools in my toolbox than just the essentials. This post dives into some advanced techniques that you may find useful when dealing with your own projects.

Published at: 2023-02-08

Web Analytics 3-Ways

I recently used AWS DynamoDB to demonstrate how to build a simple web analytics tool. In this post I consider using Redis and AWS Athena as alternatives. I look at which may the most suitable and how they differ.

Published at: 2023-01-01

On Better Reading

I didn't used to like reading much, but I liked buying books and so my bookshelf was full but unloved. But then with the arrival of pandemic lockdowns, together with a few tips, I tried to change that. Here are some thoughts on getting better at reading.

Published at: 2023-01-01

The Coming AI Revolution

The release of ChatGPT, Dall-E 2 and Stable Diffusion has revealed how far AI has come, especially in the creative industry. Are we on the verge of an 'intelligent revolution'? How much do we really know about it? And how should we approach it?

Published at: 2022-12-15

Making the Most Of Scrum: Avoid These Misconceptions

After deep-diving into Scrum, I became aware of how some of the roles and events may be mis-conceived. A discussion with an Agile Coach then revealed more evidence that some things sometimes aren't being done to get the most out of Scrum. Read about them here.

Published at: 2022-12-13

On Greed

Recent events have highlighted the rise of personal wealth and success over the welfare of others. Some thoughts on why this happens and what old wisdom can teach us.

Published at: 2022-11-27

AWS: A DynamoDB Page View Tracker (Part 3)

This series on getting started with DynamoDB and Serverless continues with providing API endpoints to query our page view statistics.

Published at: 2022-11-26

AWS: A DynamoDB Page View Tracker (Part 2)

This post continues with building a small analytics-like page tracker on AWS. This time we set up the S3-to-Dynamo processing lambda.

Published at: 2022-11-17

AWS: A DynamoDB Page View Tracker

After exploring DynamoDB a few times, I finally found a project which was broad enough to touch most aspects of DynamoDB but simple enough to be turned into a tutorial. So here it is. (Part 1 of 3)

Published at: 2022-11-14

AWS CICD with Github Source Action V2

I recently updated this Blog's GitHub connection from V1 (OAuth tokens) to V2 (CodeStar connection), which brings about many advantages. This is a short guide into how to do the same.

Published at: 2022-10-31

On Technical Debt

When I heard this new phrase creeping into the workplace, I instinctively attached attributes and context to it, some being right and some being wrong. Initially I assumed it was a bad thing, but really it is another tool to be used, but used wisely.

Published at: 2022-10-27

The Multiple Layers of Software Quality

I had a discussion recently where I was asked: 'How do you go about ensuring quality in your software?' I used to think this was a simple question, but that was when I was young and I only looked at the world in a certain way. After several years of...

Published at: 2022-10-08

Getting To Know Modern Javascript (and You Should Too)

Last year I undertook a large project in Javascript, and I was able to dig a bit deeper into the language, instead of just using it to manipulate web pages. I noticed the same thing happening, and I have been since reminded about how many cool things...

Published at: 2022-10-06

On Disconnecting

When my email notifications recently stopped working, I thought about googling for solutions to fix it, but the thought also occurred to me - would being interrupted even _less_ than I had planned be an even better outcome? Would fixing this actually...

Published at: 2022-09-22

When Productivity is... Agile?

In an effort to increase my daily productivity, I read the book 'Help' by Oliver Burkeman. I found myself highlighting quite a few passages, and I could feel that some of them were somehow linked together in an interesting and familiar way.

Published at: 2022-09-08

AWS CLI and Docker Essentials

Over a few years I have built up a small library of home projects deployed on AWS. When I need to revisit them it is easy to forget many of the key CLI commands and configuration items that I need most often to get back up and running.

Published at: 2022-09-02

Vietnam: First Months

Published at: 2022-08-24

I Love Pipelines

I love queues, and I think I love pipelines more. Software pipelines that is. What's so great about them? In here I try to present the benefits to using pipelines in your code.

Published at: 2022-07-21

Data Reporting Tips For Developers

If you are a developer and are working for a growing small tech business, chances are you may have to assist with some data reporting with a database or BI tool. In here I discuss some tips to help develop exactly the reports that they need.

Published at: 2022-07-14

On Malaysia

Published at: 2022-04-28

Re-Learning Scrum Part 2: The Answers

Published at: 2021-12-02

Re-Learning Scrum

Published at: 2021-11-16

Philosophy for Developers

Published at: 2020-12-13

Serverless: Adventures in a New Dimension

Published at: 2020-02-22

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