Measuring Single and Multi Server Performance

February 18, 2009 Here is a first for my blog: an experiment conducted using something approaching the scientific method. In other ways it wasn't a first for my blog, because it was essentially a complete failure. Damn it.

Filed under apachenginxmod_wsgiexperiment

Anti-Objects and Reflexive Decisions (repost)

June 7, 2007 This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. This one talks about object orientation often blinding us from simple solutions.

Filed under rubywriting

Writing Join in Erlang

May 5, 2008 Erlang doesn't have a built in function for joining strings, and so I sat down to put one together quickly. A quick look at two different ways that join can be implemented.

Filed under functionalerlang

Simplified django-springsteen Deploy on GAE

March 6, 2009 I've simplified the process of deploying django-springsteen on the Google App Engine down to a several minute process. Take a look.

Filed under google-app-enginespringsteen

Refactoring & Testing Our Dynamo Clone

January 2, 2010 This third part of the series working on Dynamo works on refactoring the code thus far into something more workable. In particular we add unittests and convert the message-passing based implementation into an OTP gen_server.

Filed under erlangdistributed-systems

Paper Review of "A Transaction Model"

August 18, 2009 Here is my first attempt at putting together some thoughts on a computer science paper, in this case Jim Gray's A Transaction Model from 1980. It is an excellent paper which pushed me to think about my current work project in a broader light, and also inspired some ideas about potential future side-projects to experiment with.

Filed under computer-sciencesoftware-engineeringtransactions

Writing Mahou; a Cappuccino Image Search

September 7, 2008 I spent much of the day writing Mahou, which is the Japanese word for magic, and is now also a Yahoo! Boss Search Mashup Framework and Cappuccino (and Google App Engine, while we're at it) powered image search engine. It's a pretty interesting application, and even the least technical readers might enjoy playing around with it a bit.

Filed under google-app-enginebosscappuccinomahou

ReST, Textile and HTML in Markdown

July 1, 2008 Recently I have run into a few situations where I really wanted to avoid Markdown messing with segments of text, and there isn't a completely intuitive way to deal with that by default, so I put together a quick solution. And.. while I was at it I added some support for rendering Textile and ReST from within Markdown as well.

Filed under lifeflowmarkdown

Syntax Highlighting with MarkDown, and a pinch of Automagick for Django

July 14, 2007 It can be a bit awkward to implement MarkDown and Code Syntax highlighting together in your Django applications. But making them play nicely together doesn't have to be a hassle. Beyond that, its about time to teach your Django blog to automagickly create MarkDown references for you. If only it would stop begging at the dinner table...

Filed under djangopython

Designing My Future Home

December 29, 2007 Isn't it one of the great dreams of humans to design and build your own home? Well. I had a few ideas this morning and decided to put together a sketch.

Filed under architecture

Poor Wireless Connectivity for MacBook

September 4, 2008 Quick posting of my solution to extremely poor wireless connectivity on my MacBook.

Filed under failos-x