Self-testing configuration – the example.config story

We’re all good developers and never store production secrets in our source code. We have to keep them somewhere though. If you’re an ASP.Net developer and you store your secrets in a separate file, how do you check them on release? In a previous job, we were building an application in AWS EC2, which meant we … More Self-testing configuration – the example.config story

CodeCraftConf 2018 : Successfully Growing A Team

Thanks to everyone who came to my CodeCraftConf session today, and to the organisers for all their hard work. Here’s the questions I asked, and I’ll follow up with my thoughts from the discussion. Successfully Growing A Team When is it time to grow your team? How do you deal with resistance from existing team … More CodeCraftConf 2018 : Successfully Growing A Team

Sometimes the greatest challenge of leadership is making your boss understand what you do all day

Everyone loves a maverick. The one who bends the rules, who gets the job done. Who leaves fireworks in his wake (it’s always a man) and doesn’t mind breaking a few chickens to make an omelette. The people who rescue the projects in a tailspin, who shout loud and carry a big stick. What happens … More Sometimes the greatest challenge of leadership is making your boss understand what you do all day

Flatter Data

I was watching The Verge summary of The Selfish Ledger, Google X’s thought experiment on what your personal data could do in the future. I started to think about Flatland. Flatland is a book by Edwin A Abbott about dimensions. In the book, A Square lives in a 2D world, with other 2D shapes, and … More Flatter Data

I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve

One of my favourite books is Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. The setup for the sorry is an old astronomy professor who has won his planet’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for proving that the six suns in his solar system would never set on his planet at the same time. And night … More I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve

NMandelbrot : running arbitrary code on client

As part of my grand plan for map-reduce in JavaScript and zero-install distributed computing, I had to think about how to gain user trust in a security context where we don’t trust the server. I couldn’t come up with a good answer. Since then, we’ve seen stories of malicious JavaScript installed to mine cryptocurrencies , we … More NMandelbrot : running arbitrary code on client

Who do you work with?

In every company, and in larger companies, every department and location, there are key players who make the company work. They might be the boss who sets a clear vision, they might be the admin who goes above and beyond, they might be social butterfly who knows everyone. Whoever they are, they are the ones … More Who do you work with?