Chris's Writing

  • IndiaStack - Disrupting the Second Most Populous Nation in the World

    In the western world, we often forget that we are fast becoming a smaller part of Internet users than we might like to think. Despite lower internet penetration, India and China already have more actual internet users and this number is growing at an outstanding rate. I discovered IndiaStack at a meetup earlier in the year, and whilst you may not have plans for creating applications that target the Indian market, the example of such a large government creating such a platform is an interesting one to learn more about.

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  • Scrimba - A New Way to Teach and Learn Code
    On 10 Aug 2017, Chris wrote

    Scrimba - A New Way to Teach and Learn Code

    for dzone

    Any of you follow my writing will know that one of my passions is explaining technical concepts and projects clearly and concisely. One of the common locations for starting these explanations is documentation, and as a majority of documentation is delivered as HTML, I am constantly encouraging developers and writers to embrace all that the format gives you. Scrimba is one of a handful of options I have seen over the past 18 months that integrates code explanations and examples into one cohesive package. It’s aimed more at screencast creators than documentation writers, but in my mind, anything that helps explain concepts to users is documentation.

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  • On 28 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    Heroku Logging and Coralogix

    for coralogix

    Coralogix released a new addon for Heroku. In this post we cover best Logging practices, how different cloud providers enable them, what makes Heroku logging special, and how Coralogix utilizes Heroku’s approach to provide it’s 3rd generation logging experience.

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  • Podcasting 101 - What you need to get started on Mac
    On 26 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    Podcasting 101 - What you need to get started on Mac

    for cultofmac

    Podcasting is undergoing a renaissance with listeners consuming on-demand shows at unprecedented levels, and creators enjoying surprising levels of success with their work. One thing that sets apart the amateurs from the professionals is good content, but the other is production values. Here are some of the things I’ve learned, along with recommendations on the hardware, software and techniques to get you started podcasting using your Mac.

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  • What affect is tech having on society? An interview with Yael Eisenstat

    Yael Eisenstat has an interesting past. She ‘came out’ as a long term CIA employee in January 2017 after Donald Trump delivered a poorly received speech in front of the C.I.A. Memorial Wall. She didn’t intend to be sensationalist or release state secrets like some previous ex-secret service employees who revealed their identity, rather she had had enough of Trumps stream of insults to her country and hoped that her actions could make a difference. She has advised vice-presidents and major corporate companies and now works at New York University as an adjunct professor. Whilst at the eccentric and eclectic Tech Open Air in Berlin, I spoke with Yael to discuss technology, its impact on society, and we, or tech companies can and should do about it.

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  • Lucas Carlson of Automic - Taking DevOps Beyond Developers

    It’s not often I interview someone who has been the founder of a major tech company, an accomplished novelist, and describes containers and chatbots as "pasé," but Lucas Carlson is an intriguing individual. In this interview, we talk about his role at Automic, recently acquired by Computer Associates, who aim to bring DevOps style automation and practices to anyone in a business, no matter their role. We sat down to discuss why the company hopes to achieve, the flaws in modern DevOps techniques, and much more.

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  • Helping Make Open Source Secure, Compliant, and Sustainable With Jeff Luszcz of Flexera

    Flexera offers tools for producers and consumers of open source software to help them along this journey, one that, with increased reliance on open source components, is becoming increasingly necessary and relevant. I spoke with Jeff Luszcz to discuss how their tools help, why they are needed now more than ever, and how to secure the Internet of Things.

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  • Startupbootcamp demo day on transport and energy
    On 17 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    Startupbootcamp demo day on transport and energy

    for thenextweb

    Around me are dozens of vintage cars in an old warehouse, tucked into a corner of Berlin’s north west. Those into cars are in heaven, dashing around the vast building, snapping photos of shiny vehicles as old as most attendees. I on the other hand head straight to the coffee and snacks.

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  • A Comparison of Docker GUIs
    On 12 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    A Comparison of Docker GUIs

    for codeship

    The Docker API has allowed for a plethora of options for interfacing with Docker, your containers, and images to emerge from CLIs to desktop applications and web-based management tools. I am a fan of graphical user interfaces and thought it was time to survey the current landscape of GUIs for interacting with Docker.

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  • 12 must-listen software engineering podcast episodes
    On 11 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    12 must-listen software engineering podcast episodes

    for techbeacon

    I listen to hours of developer-focused podcasts each week covering tech, current affairs, board games, and general geekery. I even started my own podcast, which I have a lot of fun making. Hundreds of developers have written blog posts recommending thousands of different podcast series. There's no shortage of such recommendations for software engineers, so I won't subject you to another one of those lists. Instead, I'll idenfity specific podcast episodes that I think nailed a particular topic and were extremely engaging and fascinating from a developer's or technologist's perspective. For some of them, the interview subject or guest was especially interesting, or a discussion cropped up that was really compelling. For some reason, these episodes were very memorable, and that's why I think each one is worth your time.

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  • Pravin Halady of NodeSource - Enterprise Ready Node.js

    One of the things I love most about interviewing the people behind tech projects is coincidentally discovering your subject is a bonafide technology visionary. Brian Behlendorf was one of the key developers behind the Apache Web Server and is a Mozilla and EFF board member, three projects I respect massively. For this interview, we only had time to cover his current role, as Executive Director of the Hyperledger Foundation, a project that aims to bring blockchain mainstream.

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  • Pravin Halady of NodeSource - Enterprise Ready Node.js

    I sat down with Pravin Halady, product manager at NodeSource, to discuss why enterprise developers might need a safer and more secure version of Node.js and npm and what it's like running a business where your biggest competition is the creator of the product you sell.

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  • WTD Episode 7 - Let the robots do the work
    On 03 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 7 - Let the robots do the work

    for podcast

    In this podcast, we first explore the flourishing community of technical writers in Poland, discussing why the tech writing scene in Krakow is taking off so quickly and what trends this young tech writing community is embracing. We’re joined by special guest Pawel Kowaluk, a Polish tech writer who runs SOAP (a tech comm conference based in Poland). We also talk about automation and robot takeovers of tech writing jobs. How are machine-assisted technologies enhancing or displacing technical writers and their work? Given the increase in automation, is tool expertise becoming more or less essential to thrive as a technical writer?

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  • On 01 Jul 2017, Chris wrote

    Pioneering Education, BioTech, and Blockchain

    for dzone

    I’d almost succumbed to ‘peak-startup-conference’ fatigue already this year, but dragged myself through flight delays to Vienna and the Pioneers conference, where I not only had a wonderful time, but it restored my faith in startups. Here are some of the companies I spoke to and what they’re working on.

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  • Docker Monitoring - 5 Methods for Monitoring Java Applications in Docker

    Running applications in containers is an increasingly popular way of maintaining large, distributed stacks that change based on demand. The Java VM heritage makes it an ideal language for container-based infrastructures. With many moving parts and components, monitoring Java applications in containers requires planning and choosing the right tools to monitor the aspects that matter to you.

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  • Time tracking is made painless and easy with Timing 2 app

    I recently switched back to freelancing full-time, and whilst I am lucky enough to have clients who don’t ask for precise hourly breakdowns, I have always been intrigued to know how much time I was spending on work tasks, especially those tasks that I didn’t directly bill for.

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  • HashiCorp Tools Useful for Continuous Integration
    On 20 Jun 2017, Chris wrote

    HashiCorp Tools Useful for Continuous Integration

    for codeship

    HashiCorp is a company that feels like it’s always been around. Quietly plugging away just out of the limelight working on awesome products and every now and then releasing something groundbreaking that you wondered how you worked without it. I attended a couple of meetups recently that covered HashiCorp tools and felt the time was ripe I dug into all they have to offer a CI workflow.

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  • Chatting With Chip Childers, CTO of Cloud Foundry

    This talk with Cloud Foundry's Chip Childers covers the company's history, its tools, and how organizations are using them in production environments.

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  • Screeps - The MMO Sandbox Game for Programmers
    On 18 Jun 2017, Chris wrote

    Screeps - The MMO Sandbox Game for Programmers

    for dzone

    In this article, we explore a video game that requires players to code in JavaScript in order to make any progress in the game and interact with other players.

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  • The Huawei P10, a Powerfully Small Package
    On 12 Jun 2017, Chris wrote

    The Huawei P10, a Powerfully Small Package

    for theweeklysqueak

    Like any modern citizen, I love my smartphone, but I wouldn't describe myself as a power user, my phone is supplemental to my computer, not a replacement for it.

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  • WTD Episode 6 - Metadata and UI copy
    On 06 Jun 2017, Chris wrote

    WTD Episode 6 - Metadata and UI copy

    for podcast

    In this episode, we explore the role of metadata in documentation and how it can be used to classify topics and assist in the discoverability of information. We’re joined by special guest Eva Jackolis who explains a strategy for metadata used in German mechanical engineering documentation. We also discuss involving tech writers in UX copy and the challenges inherent in influencing UI copy, product naming, and working with UX designers and product teams.

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  • Founder of Opera and Vivaldi, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner

    The internet pioneer sits down with a DZone Zone Leader and MVB to discuss the process of creating a browser, and why he loves designing browsers.

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  • Pilosa - A New Kind of Database Index
    On 31 May 2017, Chris wrote

    Pilosa - A New Kind of Database Index

    for dzone

    The open-source Pilosa includes production-tested features, including single and multi-node index support, replication, algorithm plugins, a data importer, and more.

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  • Paddle Merges With DevMate to Offer macOS Developers a Consolidated Distribution Solution

    DevMate has announced a merger with Paddle, bringing macOS developers a way to manage in-app payments and subscriptions, and more.

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  • Interview With Manish Gupta of Redis Labs
    On 27 May 2017, Chris wrote

    Interview With Manish Gupta of Redis Labs

    for dzone

    Check out an interview with Manish Gupta, Chief Marketing Officer of Redis Labs, about data stores, open source, and more.

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