Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

Election Guide May 2017

Michael Chermside's Election Guide
to the May 2017 Democratic Primary

As I sometimes do, now that I have finished doing my own research on the candidates and the issues, I will write down my thoughts to endorse the candidates and to share the results of my research. In this case …

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Posted Sun 14 May 2017 by mcherm in Politics

Long-Running Calls

Long-Running Calls

Question: When building RESTful APIs, do you know of any standard patterns for handling long running API calls? Our decision process may take as much as a couple of minutes.

My Answer: I know of four possible approaches:

  1. Long-running API call: In this approach, you just build an …

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Posted Thu 20 April 2017 by mcherm in Programming

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?

My Answer …

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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