Socket.io for Tardy React Status Indicators

In one of my favorite movies “The Blues Brothers”, the wife of the trucker pit stop owner proudly exclaims that they play ‘both kinds of music – Country and Western’. Readers of my blog know I too tend to serve two kinds of articles. In think-pieces, I tend to pontificate on a topic that buzzes […]

Vive la Révolution App

Whether you are a guy at a reclaimed wood desk overlooking San Francisco’s Mission district, or a girl in Africa at a reclaimed computer in a school built by a humanitarian mission, we are approaching the time when what we will only be limited by our creativity, and by our ability to dream and build great apps.

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 […]

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 […]

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 3)

This is the third and final installment of my Nodeconf.eu report. There was also part 1 and part 2 you should probably read first for continuity. Day three of Nodeconf.eu 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 […]

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 […]

The Year of Blogging Dangerously

Wow, has it been a year already? I am faking surprise, of course, because WordPress has notified me well ahead of time that I need to renew my dejanglozic.com domain. So in actuality I said ‘wow, will it soon be a year of me blogging’. Nevertheless, the sentiment is genuine. It may be worthwhile to […]

Node.js Apps and Periodic Tasks

When working on a distributed system of any size, sooner or later you will hit a problem and proclaim ‘well, this is a first’. My second proclamation in such situations is ‘this is a nice topic for the blog’. Truth to form, I do it again, this time with the issue of running periodic tasks, […]