“If we change the implementation details, none of our tests should break” - Ian Cooper

The Pomodoro Technique is one of my favourite “life hacks” for increasing your focus & productivity and is one, as a programmer, I’ve used frequently across my last 3 jobs to great effect. I wanted to post an article focusing not just on how to do it, but some of the things you’ll find day to day when using the approach.

Let’s say you’ve got a public repository on GitHub where you’re building a basic website hosted on AWS.

Pico-8 is a fantasy console recently featured in a Humble Bundle pack on game development.

On the 1st December AWS announced support for C# in AWS Lambda which is, by all accounts, great news! However being a bit of an F# fanatic I wondered if, as it does support .Net Core, we could host an F# project as well?

I saw a great talk last night at F# |> Bristol by Anthony Brown on how to use Microsoft Azure and F# to build a search engine (full talk here).

Having a focus on Software Engineering over core Computer Science concepts; my algorithm-fu is not what it should be!

We’re currently focusing on improving our ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash & Kibana) monitoring service & the reporting around error levels. This has given me the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about Elasticsearch and play about with it’s rest apis.

Over the last few weeks my team and I have been setting up a new QA environment to validate a rather large piece of ongoing work. As part of this I thought it would be prudent to automate our health checks so we can ensure the environment has launched successfully each morning and is ready for use.

Gave much more time to The Dear Hunter’s new album this week; as with most prog it’s growing on me slowly over time. The tune “Light”, a tale of an adoptive father’s love & wishes for his son growing up, stood out for me with it’s acoustic guitaring & rich harmonies.