Node Summit 2015

What a difference a year makes. Astute readers of this blog may remember my sitting on the Node.js fence in the fall of 2013. I eventually jumped off the fence thanks to the wave of presentations at the last year’s NodeSummit indicating that Node.js was ready. During the ensuing year I have become a vocal supporter […]

Should I Build a Site or an App? Yes!

Yes, I know. I stopped blogging to take a desperately needed break. Then I returned only to be hit with a mountain of fresh, ‘hit the ground running’, honest to God January work that knocked the air out of my lungs and pinned me down for a while. Then an IBM colleague tried to ask me […]

The Genius of Bootstrap (OK, and Foundation)

This week we spent a lot of time sifting through the available options for the client side Web component model. We were doing it in the context of figuring out what to use for the next generation of Bluemix, so we were really trying to think hard and strategic. It is a strange time to […]

Full Stack Toronto Conference 2014

We at IBM are not strangers to large, well capitalized conferences. As things go in the conference-industrial complex, it is a big deal when one of your keynote speakers is Kevin Spacey, or Imagine Dragons entertain you after hours. So to say that the first Full Stack Toronto Conference was on the opposite side of […]

Angular.js 2.0, Index Investing and Micro-Services

Now here is somebody with all her eggs in one basket, literarily. I used it to illustrate what index investing tries to avoid. I thought of index investing while reading the bitter and often hilarious reactions to the announced changes in Angular.js 2.0 on Reddit. I also thought about my experience with Google services. Watch me tie all […]

Micro-Services and Page Composition Problem

Dispite many desirable properties, micro-services carry two serious penalties to be contended with: authentication (which we covered in the previous post) and Web page composition, which I intend to address now. Imagine you are writing a Node.js app and use Dust.js for the V of the MVC, as we are doing. Imagine also that several […]

Sharing micro-service authentication using Nginx, Passport and Redis

And we are back with the regularly scheduled programming, and I didn’t talk about micro-services in a while. Here is what is occupying my days now – securing a micro-service system. Breaking down a monolith into a collection of micro-services has some wonderful properties, but also some nasty side-effects. One of them is authentication. The […] 2014: Trip Report (Part 3)

This is the third and final installment of my report. There was also part 1 and part 2 you should probably read first for continuity. Day three of started with a ‘Mad Science Act’, with all the presenters trading the pre-requisite lab coat (to add ‘science’ and also a bit of ‘mad’ to […]