Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

Author: mcherm

Lift and Shift Lessons

Lift and Shift Lessons

I've been doing a lot of work lately on moving to the cloud. A couple of years ago we started using AWS and our first move was a "lift-and-shift": we just re-created at AWS the same servers we had previously in our data center. Two years …

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Posted Sat 07 January 2017 by mcherm in Programming

Before Dockercon


I am attending Dockercon and I thought I would try a little experiment. I will try writing up my understanding od Docker before the conference and after, and see how much my view has changed. So, without further ado, here is my "before" review of Docker:

What is Docker …

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Posted Mon 20 June 2016 by mcherm in Programming


I don't tend to put a lot of personal content into this blog of mine, but that's exactly what I have today. You see, yesterday my 4th grader daughter's school held a presentation for the students and their families on teaching writing to kids, which included some time for both …

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Posted Fri 06 May 2016 by mcherm in Personal

Will Microservices Fix the Rollback?

This morning's release didn't go so well. There was a problem with account opening -- some unintended interaction due to turning off a feature -- and we had to roll back the release. The problem wasn't in our team's systems; they didn't have an issue (this time) but we will still need …

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Posted Wed 06 April 2016 by mcherm in Software Development

Beginning Ceylon


So, this is the second time that I have taken a look at the programming language Ceylon. Ceylon is a language which is currently being sponsored by Red Hat. It fits into the space of languages in the same family with Java, but attempting to build a mondern strongly-typed …

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Posted Sat 27 February 2016 by mcherm in Programming