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Takeaways from “Simplifying the Future” by Adrian Cockcroft

Simplifying things in our daily lives “Life is complicated… but we use simple abstractions to deal with it.” – Adrian Cockcroft When people say “it’s too complicated”, what they usually mean is “there are too many moving parts and I can’t figure out what it’s going to do next, that I haven’t figured out an …

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My picks from OSCON keynotes

So OSCON came and went, and whilst I haven’t seen the recording for any of the sessions, the keynotes (and a bunch of interviews) are available on YouTube. Unlike most conferences, the OSCON keynotes are really short (average 10-15 mins each) and having watched all the published keynote sessions here are my top picks.   Simon Wardley – …

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NDC Oslo 15 – Takeaways from “Lean and Functional Programming”

Bryan Hunter has been responsible for organising the FP track at NDC conferences as well as a few others and the quality of the tracks have been consistently good. The FP track for this year’s NDC Oslo was exceptional and every talk has had a full house. And this year Bryan actually kicked off the …

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NDC Oslo 15 – Takeaways from “50 Shades of AppSec”

This year’s version of NDC Oslo has a strong security theme throughout,and one of Troy Hunt’s talks – 50 Shades of AppSec – was one of the top-rated talks at the conference based on attendee feedbacks. Sadly I missed the talk whilst at the conference but having just watched it on Vimeo it left me …

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Functional Programming eXchange experience report

I attended the Functional Programming eXchange 15 last Thursday and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Don’t worry if you weren’t one of the lucky 100 or so that made it, most of the talks are available online on SkillsMatter’s website, and here’s a high level summary of a couple of the talks.   Games and …

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CraftConf 15–Takeaways from “Jepsen IV: Hope Springs Eternal”

This talk by Kyle Kingsbury (aka @aphyr on twitter) was my favourite at CraftConf, and gave us an update on the state of consistency with MongoDB, Elasticsearch and Aerospike.   Kyle opened the talk by talking about how we so often build applications on top of databases, queues, streams, etc. and that these systems we …

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CodeMotion 15–Takeaways from “Measuring micro-services”

This talk by Richard Rodger (of nearForm) was my favourite at this year’s CodeMotion conference in Rome, where he talked about why we need to change the way we think about monitoring when it comes to measuring micro-services.   TL; DR Identify invariants in your system and use them to measure the health of your …

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