Setting up a REST API on Serverless Framework

Part 1: The Monolith to Serverless Series

Hello all and welcome to the first in an in-depth multi-part series on breaking down a monolithic application into a Cloud Native Lambda-based architecture!

Can you say #buzzword!?

Only kidding — we’ll be low on jargon but high on details today. I’ve not (yet) done a real series on this site, so I’m pretty excited!

By the end of this article you’ll know how to get setup and running with the Serverless Framework on AWS to create an HTTP Lambda-based API.

Docker Performance Tips and Tricks

Here is my latest post for Stackify.

Docker is now everywhere. Over the past few years, a lot of modern-day software has now moved to become packaged in a Docker container, and with good reason.

One of the biggest benefits touted about Docker containers is their speed. But you don’t get lightning-fast performance out of the box without some performance tuning.

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the tips, tricks, and areas to look into to ensure you are utilizing the real speed of containers. We’ll break down the following into two parts.

Node.js Performance Tuning and Testing

Here is my latest post for Stackify.

We know Node.js for its lightning-fast performance. Yet, as with any language, you can write Node.js code that performs worse for your users than you’d like. To combat this, we need adequate performance testing. Today, we’re going to cover just that with an in-depth look at how to set up and run a performance test and analyze the results so that you can make lightning-fast Node.js applications.

Common DevOps Myths and Misconceptions

Here is my latest post for Enov8.

“Wait, what actually is DevOps?”

If only I had a dime for every time someone asked me this. For many, the term DevOps comes loaded with misconceptions and myths. Today, we’re going to look at some of the common myths that surround the term so that you have a better understanding of what it is. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll understand why you need it and be able to explain it clearly. And you’ll be equipped to share its ideas with colleagues or your boss.

Containers: Benefits and Making a Business Case

Here is my latest post for Scaylr.

Containers are hot stuff right now, so it’s natural that you’re here wondering what the business case and benefits of containers could be.

If this is you—if you’re looking to assess whether containers would make sense for your company—then you’re in just the right place. Because by the end of this article, you’ll not only have a good understanding of what containers are and what they’re good (and not so good) at, but you’ll also have some decision making criteria to help you decide whether they’ll work for you in your unique situation.

Why Your Code Review Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good…

And how trunk-based-development can help

Here is my latest post for Simple Programmer…

Recently, I conducted an experiment with my team.

This experiment was challenging enough to make even some seasoned developers sh*t their pants.

What experiment did we run? We stopped branching our code, we threw away code review, and we started pushing directly to master.

Before you build the product, build the deployment pipeline.

Why building a deployment pipeline should be one of the first things you consider when creating a new product.

Recently I’ve been training for a long cycling event.

The event is a three day event where we will cycle around 70-100 miles each day back-to-back.

It’s very much an endurance event and for all my adult life, I’ve been a strength athlete competing in strength sports that are maximal exertion. It couldn’t be much more of a polar opposite set of skills.

Are you thinking of building an app or website? Ask yourself these four questions first.

I sat at a Starbucks cross-legged with my laptop on my lap. I’d gone out to try and find the peace required to focus on the job application I was completing as a front-end product developer.

The task was simple: Create a demo app that connects to an API (Foursquare) and shows the results.

As I sat there putting the finishing touches on the demo (you can actually still see it here) I had a realization…