Colourful iMacs again

I really love the new iMacs. The design looks amazing and it reintroduced something long missing in Apple computers. Vibrant colours I’ll be waiting to the “big” iMac (the current-27 inches size) which I suspect will be renamed as iMac Pro or iMac Plus to get clarity in the product line. The rest of introduced details are what you’ll expect on this iteration: Apple Silicon, still M1 chip. Probably a new chip will be presented in Autumn, likely after the introduction of the new iPhone. The Apple Silicon appears to have two… Read More

macOS, Apple’s core

These days mark the 20th anniversary of Mac OS X, later renamed as macOS. Really the underlaying tech is the same, but the naming allows them to move past 10.X into other unexplored territories. There’s a lot of talk these days about Macs, specially after the introduction of Apple Silicon, which certainly is an exciting move. There was some years where there was debate over the tech world on whether Apple should drop the Macs and focus on iPads or iPhones. Because the old Personal Computer paradigm is dead, right? Nonsense. While… Read More

PyLadies Architecture Talk

I gave last November an online talk (at 2020 demands) in the PyLadies Dublin about the general software architecture that we are using in one of the projects that I’m working on, a proctoring tool for online exams. It’s on the minute 26 go the video, the other talks are also quite interesting. (the talk is directly accessible by the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIY-Z7daEG0&t=26m10s ) Hope you like it!

The price of a bad connection when working from home

I wrote a guest post in the B2beematch blog, about some of the challenges in working remotely regarding connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemics have greatly impacted our life’s, and people lucky enough to be able to work from home face a big challenge in remaining productive in dire times. I tried to go on some of the elements that impact in the connectivity and network capacities to remain online, which is crucial on remote working. You can check the post here.

2nd Edition for Python Automation Cookbook now available!

Good news everyone! There’s a new edition of the Python Automation Cookbook! A great way of improving your Python skills for practical tasks! As the first edition, it’s aimed to people that already know a bit of Python (not necessarily developers). It describes how to automate common tasks. Things like work with different kind of documents, generating graphs, sending emails, text messages… You can check the whole table of contents for more details. It’s written in the cookbook format, so it’s a collection of recipes to read and reference independently. There are… Read More

Brexit

I know politics is not the usual subject in this blog, but I want to make an exception. We are right now at 31st of January 2020, the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU. A bit of background first: I am a Spaniard that has been living in Ireland for the last 10 years. I’ve always been influenced by British culture, I guess through music and literature, and at some point I was considering moving to the UK for work. When I read the results of the referendum, back in 2016,… Read More

Interviewed about microservices

I got interviewed about Microservice and talk a bit about my last book, Hands-on Docker for Microservices with Python. I was an interesting view on what are the most important areas of Microservices and when migrating from Monolith architecture is a good idea. And also talking about related tools like Python, Docker or Kubernetes. Check it the interview here.

Hands-On Docker for Microservices with Python Book

Last year I published a book, and I liked the experience, so I wrote another! The book is called Hands-On Docker for Microservices with Python, and it goes through the different steps to move from a Monolith Architecture towards a Microservices one. It is written from a very practical stand point, and aims to cover all the different elements involved. From the implementation of a single RESTful web microservice programmed in Python, containerise it in Docker, create a CI pipeline to ensure that the code is always high quality, and deploy it… Read More

Package and deploy a Python module in PyPI with Poetry, tox and Travis

I’ve been working for the last couple of days in a small command line tool in Python, and I took the opportunity to check out a little bit Poetry, which seems to help in package and distribute Python modules. Enter pyproject.toml A very promising development in the Python ecosystem are the new pyproject.toml files, presented in PEP 518. This file aims to replace the old setup.py with a config file, to avoid executing arbitrary code, as well as clarify the usage. Poetry generates a new project, and includes the corresponding pyproject.toml. Most… Read More

Python Automation Cookbook

So, great news, I wrote a book and it’s available! It’s called Python Automation Cookbook, and it’s aimed to people that already know a bit of Python (not necessarily developers only), but would like to use it to automate common tasks like search files, creating different kind of documents, adding graphs, sending emails, text messages, etc. It’s written in the cookbook format, so it’s a collection of recipes that can be read independently, though there’s always references to show how to combine them to create more complex flows. The book is available… Read More