Notes about ShipItCon 2017

Disclaimer: I know personally and worked with a good portion of the conference organizers and talkers. I label them with an asterisk*. The ShipItCon finally took place last Friday. I think it’s quite impressive, given the short amount of time since announcing it and being the first edition, that was so well organized. The venue was very good (and fairly unusual for a tech conference), and all the usual things that are easy to take as granted (food, space, projector, sound, etc) work like clockwork. Kudos to the organizers. The conference was… Read More

ffind v1.2.0 released!

The new version of ffind v1.2.0 is available in GitHub and PyPi. This version includes the ability to configure defaults by environment variables and to force case insensitivity in searches. You can upgrade with     pip install ffind –upgrade This will be the latest version to support Python 2.6. Happy searching!

ffind v1.0.2 released!

The new version of ffind (1.0.2) is available in GitHub and PyPi. This version includes the ability to execute python modules and scripts directly and some other minor improvements. Happy developing!

Do not spawn processes on users requests

I’ve been playing recently an online game that has recently launched, that uses the following idea. When a user starts a match, it spawns a process in the server that acts as the opponent, generating the actions against the user. The game had a rough launch, with a lot of problems due it being played by a lot of people. And, IMHO, a lot of the problems can be traced to that idea. I see it’s a seductive one. If a user generates an interaction with the service that takes time (for example, a match for… Read More

All you need is cache

What is cache More than a formal definition, I think that the best way of thinking about cache is an result from an operation (data) that gets saved (cached) for future use. The cache value should be identifiable with a key that is reasonably small. This normally is the call name and the parameters, in some sort of hashed way. A proper cache has the following three properties: The result is always replicable. The value can be scrapped without remorse. Obtaining the result from cache is faster than generate it. The same result will be used… Read More

ffind v0.8 released

Good news everyone! The new version of find (0.8) is available in GitHub and PyPi. This version includes performance improvements, man page and fuzzy search support. Enjoy!

Future as a developer and the ever changing picture

A few weeks ago I came by a couple of articles my Marco Arment that share the theme of the current status of accelerated change within the development community as a way of stressing up, and being difficult to be up to date. After all, one gets tired of learning a new framework or language every size months. It gets to a point where is not funny or interesting anymore. It seems like two different options are presented, that are available for developers after some time: Keep up, meaning that you adopt rapidly each new… Read More

Requests per second. A server load reference

As there seems to be a lot of misconceptions about what Big Data, there are also not really a good baseline to know “how much is high load”, specially from the point of view of people with not that much experience in servers. If you have some experience dealing with servers, you will probably know all this. So, just for the sake of convenience, I am going to do some back-of-the-envelope calculations to try to set a few numbers and explain how to calculate how many requests per second a server can hold…. Read More

You can’t make One Perfect Final Decision

How to Make Technology Choices Truly awesome post by Steven Lott. The expectation of finality is the most disturbing: the expectation that someone can make OnePerfectFinalDecision. No technology choice is ever final. Today’s greatest ever state-of-the-art, kick-ass-and-take-names SDK may evaporate in a cloud of lawsuits tomorrow. Today’s tech giant may collapse. Today’s platform of choice may be tomorrows weird anachronism. … If you are really, really lucky, you may get big enough to have scalability issues. Having a scalability issue is something we all dream about. Until you actually have a specific scalability issue, don’t try… Read More

Vim as IDE. Are you getting the wrong parts?

There are a lot of discussion about how to make Vim “an IDE”. Vim is a great text editor, but when we are developing, there are lots of extra tools that are very useful. Code completion. Easy navigation through files and classes. Source control integration. Syntax checking. Navigation that understand the semantics. Integrated debugger. My problem with IDEs (and I have used a few over the years) is that they give you a lot of support, but at the cost of increasing the complexity. They are slow for a lot of common… Read More