In my previous post, I talked about microservices trade offs and how you need to be aware of them to navigate the waters. I also touched upon how we went about it successfully. In this post, I’ll go over some of the questions to pose to yourself/your team from an engineering/infrastructure standpoint as you embark on your microservices journey. Questions It helps to try and answer some of the questions below.

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My photo from 2013 got a 100k views. This is from Bheemeshwari Nature and Adventure camp. If you’re in Bangalore, take the time to visit this place for a day or two - it’s just a 2 hour drive and totally worth it. Best time of the year’s after the monsoons in August/September when the river’s in full spate. Fond memories!

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Everyone wants them, many claim to have used them with success, few in reality have done it right and a minuscule percentage understand the trade offs involved. They’re all the rage these days - if you don’t have a 'Microservices architecture' then someone higher on the totem pole is bound to pontificate that the approach is outdated/legacy. :) Of late, I’ve come across customers & teams where there’s a rush to 'do microservices' and I’ve spent a good amount of time laying out the trade offs and helping them evaluate their own readiness (or lack of it).

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Getting a working cross platform experience with Git for Windows, MSYS git and Linux just wants me to jump off a cliff!

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ANN: Easyblogger 2.0 released with parallel goodness!

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The .NET CountdownEvent class

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Python’s mock library’s patch is confusing to say the least. A quick tip how to target the right object to patch

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While I knew about Alpine Linux and have been using them to create smaller docker images, I just came across Iron.io’s set of alpine based container images for pretty much every major programming language. If you haven’t come across Alpine yet, it’s a tiny (5mb) security focused linux distribution based on musl libc & busybox. What’s nicer is that they also have dev images which allow you to use images for development workflows as well.

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Here’s a small Ultisnips snippet for creating a TOML front matter header for Hugo snippet post "blog post" +++ author = "Raghu Rajagopalan" date = "`!v strftime("%FT%H:%M:%S").strftime("%z")[:2].":" . strftime("%z")[3:]`" publishdate = "`!v strftime("%FT%H:%M:%S").strftime("%z")[:2].":" . strftime("%z")[3:]`" tags = ["easyblogger", "blogging"] title = "${1:title}" lastmod = "`!v strftime("%FT%H:%M:%S").strftime("%z")[:2].":" . strftime("%z")[3:]`" +++ $0 endsnippet To update the last modified date on save, put this little autocmd in your .vimrc augroup AsciiDoc au!

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Made a few changes to EasyBlogger to support migrating from Blogger to Hugo. Changes are: In easyblogger get, the count is now optional [earlier defaulted to 10]. This now lets to slurp down your all blog posts if you so wish. Support for Hugo front-matter in TOML format. Generated files above will use post metadata to create TOML headers in each file - like so. The current permalink is preserved as an alias.

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