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A Look Back to Philly ETE 2022

A killer keynote by Cory Doctorow, a lively audience, and lots of new tech: here’s what our team enjoyed most about Philly ETE 2022.

First Look at Amazon Redshift Serverless

Amazon Redshift’s launch in 2012 was one of the “wow!” moments in my experience with AWS. Here was a massively parallel database system that could be rented for 25 cents per node-hour. Here we are in 2021, and AWS has just announced Redshift Serverless, in which you pay for the compute and storage that you use, rather than a fixed monthly cost for a fixed number of nodes with a fixed amount of storage. And for a lot of use cases, I think that’s a great idea. So I spent some time kicking the tires, and this is what I learned.

A Look Back to ETE 2021

Reflecting on another successful year of Philly ETE: the logistics, the community, and the unexpected benefits of being virtual.

Amazon Workspaces – Desktops in the Cloud

I’ve been experimenting with Workspaces for a week now, and have configured an instance for aws re:Invent for those times I want to hack. Coupled with an iPad Air, a bluetooth mouse, and the keyboard case, I have desktop I can pull up anywhere.

Not sure about Kotlin on Android?

I’ve been developing in Java for over 17 years on both client and server side. I don’t get involved with the JVM-based “language wars”, quietly frankly it’s because I’m not overly passionate about programming languages. That’s not to say that I don’t have preferences or enjoy languages it’s just that I choose not to put … Read More

Tyk as an on-premise API Gateway

Recently we looked at API Gateway products for a microservices project. The constraints were that on-premise was preferred, low-cost was preferred, and open source would be fine. While we could have built something simple, the thought was that a product would have more in the way of management and monitoring features. We settled on Tyk for the time being. Here is a quick summary of our evaluation.

Building our first tvOS app

When the 4th-generation Apple TV and tvOS were released, anyone could write apps for the TV, not just Apple partners. I decided to write an app to make ETE presentations and other Chariot content available though an app. (Now I can catch up on presentations while relaxing on the couch.) In this post I’ll take a quick look at some of the architecture choices made when building our first tvOS app.