Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

COBOL in a Bank

COBOL in a Bank

Question: I hearing about COBOL being used in banks quite often but all my friends who actually working there say Java and Oracle and all related job adverts I have seen so far were Java or C++. Could someone please provide some relevant facts?

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Posted Mon 30 January 2017 by mcherm in Programming

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

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

"Smith"

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