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The Road Not Taken

Thu, Jul 6, 2017

On our honeymoon In the mountains around Kitzbuhel in the summer many years ago, me and my wife were following a Wanderweg when we turned onto a small path that the map showed to be a nice route back to our hotel Schloss Lebenberg.

The Cult of Go Test

Sun, Oct 30, 2016

A favourite test helper library, with some simple test assertion functions clearly has some value. But this post puts forward some useable concrete arguments why they are normally just not worth it.

What Golang Is and Is Not

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

We are all products of our own histories, and I suspect many routes to Go have been made less enjoyable by misguided expectations. The journey from when a budding developer first ‘hello worlded’ to now may have made Go’s more subtle strengths less obvious to them.

Queues Are Not Always The Answer

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

I feel developers reach for the queue all too quickly. I’m talking about stand alone message queue services like RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ etc. etc. Not an in memory data structure (which in fact can be all you need sometimes)

JSON, Gzip, Snappy and Gob Across the Wire

Sun, Sep 21, 2014

Coming from a background where memory and clock cycles were sparse, binary encodings have always held an appeal. Since then I’ve been told we have loads of compute power, ample cheap RAM and disk, and when the network is the bottleneck then, well, that is a good problem to have.

Its one of those ages old occasionally heated debates….

(tl;dr almost always use gzipped JSON)

Jmeter is a Poor Choice for REST and Golang

Sun, Jul 6, 2014

Its essential we have good integration tests and performance tests on our restful api, particularly now that many of the moving parts will migrate to microservices written in Go.

Trying to use Jmeter both to validate responses and apply reasonable load has been troublesome.

Embedded Gists

Sat, Jul 5, 2014

Syntax Highlighting - or Embedded Gists

I was quite excited by the inline syntax highlighting that Hugo provides via the python plugin Pygments. But also wanted to try embedding gists

Making Your Own Summary

Sat, Jun 28, 2014

Hugo allows you to specify where the summary stops - and allows the full markdown including shortcodes.

You just need to construct the first bit of your article so that it makes a nice summary and then end it with…

< !--more-->

(of course dont include the space :) )

Moving to Hugo

Thu, May 29, 2014

I decided that I should blog under my domain - I often use danmux around the internet, sometimes danmull, but normally danmux for tech type things, so it makes sense.

danmux because the x has always been a notable part of my name - and mux reminds me of my electrical engineering days, and I think humans multiplex all the time, there it is.

Bank 1.5

Fri, Sep 23, 2011

This past week saw two of the biggest banking and financial innovation conferences take place, Sibos and Finovate. On following a few Twitter streams of a few attendees, a new meme started to appear – possibly a bit premature to call it a meme and incorrect to call it new, but none the less the concept is valid if a bit bank-geeky.

Borrowing from the Web 2.0 catchall or marketing label for anything more interactive than the static Web 1.0 but less linked than the evolving beb of data (Web 3.0?) the banking innovation consultant, speaker and author Brett King has coalesced thoughts and ideas around the next generation of consumer banking and published them in his popular book – Bank 2.0