Chris Ward

I am Chris Ward (aka Chris Chinchilla). I am a technical writer, blogger, artist, video/audio maker and presenter who loves to explain cool tech to the World.

After 15 years as a developer I realized that my skills lie in helping others understand technical subjects. I achieve this through technical writing, blogging, networking and educating people through presentations and workshops.

I have crazy projects in progress and will speak to anyone who listens.

Below you can find my latest writing and appearances or contact me through a multitude of networks.

Why do you call yourself Chris Chinchilla? Yes it does sound silly doesn't it! It's a nickname I've had since 1997 after a passing comment at school, I've carried it through all my fanzine and music years and like it. For those who are interested, a Chinchilla is a small (and cute) South American rodent, a Small Town in Queensland, Australia and is a real name in South America.

My Latest Posts

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  • What can musicians and programmers learn from each other? A conversation with Ryan Blunden

    Chris speaks with Ryan Blunden about what programmers and musicians can learn from each other, the affects of music on coding, what genres might be what programming language, computer generated music and much more.

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  • The Ukrainian Startup scene with Anastasia Sleptsova

    As part of a forthcoming article on the Ukrainian tech/startup scene, I interview Anastasia Sleptsova Head of Ecosystem Partnerships at UNIT.City.

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  • How to Program a Robot
    On 27 Oct 2017, Chris wrote

    How to Program a Robot

    for dzone

    I spoke with Jans Lembrecht from about his experience programming industrial robots designed for single purpose tasks that use their own programming languages to newer robots that use C++ or Python to handle broader tasks that humans throw at them. We also discussed how anyone interested in getting started with programming robots can begin and how to make people understand what robots are capable beyond eye-catching booth dressing.

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  • Managing Your Business Apps With Apperian - An Interview With Mark Lorion

    To those of us addicted to our smartphones, the myriad of applications we can install and what we can achieve (or time waste) with them is astounding. But for those of us working in corporate or other industries that value business privacy and secrecy, the freedom that apps give us and that we give them, is a little too risky. Enter the role of mobile app management services that sit between a device and the limitations that a company wishes to impose upon it.

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  • An Overview of the Kontena Platform
    On 19 Oct 2017, Chris wrote

    An Overview of the Kontena Platform

    for codeship

    Back in my Docker hosting post, I noted that deploying and orchestrating containers live was still a missing step in the Docker workflow for many developers. A handful of complex orchestration tools entered to fill the void, with large cloud companies offering to host your setup for you. In that post, I intentionally avoided tools that sat in the middle of this process by helping you to deploy containers to cloud services, but there are plenty of them, including Docker’s own official cloud service. There is still plenty of opportunity for similar services and less than a month ago, I heard of a new option, Kontena.

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