AWS Summit London 2018

I recently attended the AWS Summit in London and thought I would give some notes on the event from my perspective. As a developer working for a company that uses AWS, there was plenty to get out of an event such as this, and the free attendance makes a great…

You can't out-exercise a bad diet

I heard a great quote yesterday: You can't out-exercise a bad diet And this is a great metaphor for technical debt. We all agree that you need to pay down your tech debt in your software. And it's great to commit to addressing a little technical debt during each sprint.…

Developers are not lazy, they're efficient

Well, mostly. I hear the excuse a lot from developers, "Oh, because I am lazy". This seems to be some sort of way of justifying the way we do some of our development, automation scripts, bash power-user commands like grep and awk, even writing a program to solve…

Microsoft & Google, Android Wear support is missing

Ok, so I know I am in the minority as a Windows Phone user, but sometimes I just get frustrated and I wish Microsoft at least tried to achieve parity with their platforms, and not leave it to others who just won't bother. I have a really nice Acer Liquid…

Podcasts, I'm addicted.

My name is Mark and I am a podcast addict. TL;DR I listen to many podcasts. If you want some suggestions for weekly/monthly listening I recommend: Hanselminutes .Net Rocks! Yet Another Podcast Merge Conflict Accidental Tech Podcast The Incomparable And some podcasts that have finished This Developer's Life…

Fork off with your branches

The nice thing about git is that branches are cheap and you can create many and varied branches for every little fix, format or feature. The annoying thing about GitHub is that every user creates many many many branches. One of my pet peeves at the moment is a large…

On Passion in IT

Some people have a natural gift to be able to learn. They can pick up any subject and by putting in hard work they can get good at it. Some people have a natural interest in a specific subject, and these people enjoy the process of learning and don’t…

Guess Who's Back?

Ok, so not that big a leap, it's just me. Six months later me. Moved to the UK me. I've taken the plunge and moved away from Windy Wellington in little old New Zealand to a place in the UK called Milton Keynes. Famous for wide streets, round-a-bouts and concrete…