Isomorphic Apps Part 2: Node, React.js, and Socket.io

When I was a kid, I went to the movies to watch Mel Brooks’ “History of The World, Part I”. I had a great time and could not wait for the sequel (that featured, among other things, Hitler on ice, a Viking funeral and laser-shooting rabbis in ‘Jews in Space’ teaser). Alas, ‘Part II’ never came. […]

Micro-Services for Dysfunctional Teams

Update: I have received a ton of feedback on this post, and some of the well meaning criticism is concerned with the term ‘dysfunctional’, considering it a bit ‘judgy’ from somebody that is supposed to help these same teams. Apart from yielding a catchy title, Hacker News reader was spot on when he declared my […]

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 […]

Nodeconf.eu 2014: Trip Report (Part 1)

Shady’s back, tell a friend! Fresh from the green grass of Ireland where I attended (and presented) at this year’s nodeconf.eu, I am now back to report on it as promised. This year’s conference is a second instance of a format started last year by Cian Ó Maidín and the friends from Near Form. The goal […]

HA All The Things

I hate HA (High Availability). Today everything has to be highly available. All of the sudden SA (Standard Availability) isn’t cutting it any more. Case in point: I used to listen to music on my way to work. Not any more – my morning meeting schedule intrudes into my ride, forcing me to participate in […]