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Do you have real life struggles in SW development? Lessons learned in Ops? Come share them @NashvilleJUG

Ever battle a NoSQL data store for six hours straight? Installed an upgrade that destroyed a database? Have you spent two weeks learning a new library, language, or build tool, only to chuck it out the window? We’d love to hear about it at the Nashville Java Users Group. We meet on the first Tuesday of […]

The beauty of coding frontends with React

This industry can be quite brutal. Tools come and go. Programming styles invented fifty years ago suddenly become relevant. But I really enjoy when a certain toolkit nicely presents itself over and over as the way to go. I’m talking about React. Every wonder what it is that has made coding frontends with React so […]

Check out my @SpringData and @SpinnakerIO talks from SpringOne Platform @S1P

Recently, my latest conference presentations have been released. You are free to check them out: In the Introduction to Spring Data talk, I live code a project from scratch, using start.spring.io, Spring Data, and other handle Spring tools. In the Spinnaker: Land of a 1000 Builds talk, I present the CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) multi-cloud tool Spinnaker: Enjoy!

Tuning Reactor Flows

I previously wrote a post about Reactively talking to Cloud Foundry with Groovy. In this post, I want to discuss something of keen interest: tuning reactor flows. When you use Project Reactor to build an application, is the style a bit new? Just trying to keep your head above water? Perhaps you haven’t even thought about […]

Reactively talking to Cloud Foundry with Groovy

I’ve been working on this Spinnaker thing for over a year. I’ve coded support so Spinnaker can make continuous deployments to Cloud Foundry. And the whole thing is written in Groovy. I recently upgraded to that I can now talk reactively to Cloud Foundry with Groovy. And it’s been a nightmare. Why? Groovy is pretty darn wicked. Coding […]

Dos and Don’ts of Marketing

When it comes to selling books, there are gobs of opinions out there. And there is no one way. But there are many dos and don’t when it comes to marketing. In this post, we’ll try to capture a handful of them. If you are new into marketing and don’t know much about it, then […]

How I lost weight during the holidays

…and managed to enjoy myself. It’s true. This past year, I lost weight during the holidays, and it didn’t kill me. On December 1st last year, I checked in on MyFitnessPal.com at 222.4 lbs, and at the end of the month, had dropped to 217 lbs. That’s 5.4 lbs lost. And I still munched on oatmeal […]

The many flaws of test coverage

Recently in a Twitter chat with a couple friends of mine, the subject of test coverage re-appeared. I rolled my eyes. Ready to start ranting, I remembered already covering the many flaws of test coverage in Python Testing Cookbook. So I thought, perhaps an excerpt would be better. From chapter 9, Python Testing Cookbook.. **** […]

How Guidance saved Christmas with Spring Boot

I hope you all have settled down with a hot cup of cocoa. Because it’s time for the most beloved Christmas tale of all. The one where Guidance Saved Christmas with Spring Boot. Guidance the Elf had seen Santa facing new issues. It seemed like managing the list of children in addition to invoicing and […]

Building your platform – Part IV

In the previous post, Building your Platform – Part III, we discussed why building a mailing list is as important as building a site. In this article, we’ll dig into some advanced techniques where you can link together the key facets of your platform to push things to the next level. Pages vs. Posts I’m […]