I gave a talk at the delightful Scotch on the Rocks in Edinburgh on my work on vCloud Tools – what we built, how we built it, some hard problems we faced and some tips on how to automate your own infrastructure. Slides are here and if you watch this space, there may be a video soon.
Another post on the GDS Technology blog – this one is about using Git to re-architect vCloud Tools.
I wrote a blog post on the GDS technology blog about the work I've been doing building vCloud Tools.
At ScaleSummit last week, I proposed a session on running Open Source projects. I am hoping to move the project I’m working on, vCloud Tools, from being coded in the open to being Open Source and wanted to get the benefit of the accumulated wisdom. It was an excellent session and I really got a lot out of it. The executive summary is that if you are trying to build a community, you need to optimise for bringing people into the community, and a lot of the discussion focused around that. Here are some of the main things that I took away from it.
As co-Programme Chair for SPA conference I often find myself trying to persuade inexperienced or completely new speakers that it is worth doing and that they have something great to say. Here are some of the resources that I send on to them.
I wrote a post on the GDS technology blog explaining the unusual process for applying for a developer/web operations job at GDS.
I gave an Ignite talk based on my roof bug-fixing blog post.
Mainly inspired by this article, I proposed that we make submissions anonymous for SPA2013. The committee (four of us) discussed what we thought the outcome would be for some time, before deciding to just try it and see how it worked out. And here's the answer.
I learnt three very interesting things recently, courtesy of the brilliant Dan Carley.
Not much I can offer as a taster here - you'll have to read more...
The first day at a new job is always a bit nerve-wracking. In a recent session at SPA 2013, we came up with some things a developer joining a new team can do to get up to speed quickly.
I often find myself viewing life through the lens of software development, a bit like when you play too much Tetris and all your friends turn into shapes. But recent events have made me think: maybe other things actually would be better if they were more like software development?
I needed to write some code. Thanks to George Brocklehurst, I was no longer content to do this on my personal laptop using gedit – I required Vim.
But I could not upgrade Vim!
Today I learned from the awesome bob how to add storage to a box, including partitioning, mounting, and other things I'd heard of but had never done myself.