• Fish and iTerm2

    So, out of boredom, I decided to upgrade my shell and terminal to something closer to 2017, instead of living in the early 90s. Clearly I’e been using bash all these years - mostly on Ubuntu and lately on OSX. But I’ve always been lazy and complacent with the terminal. I’ve always wanted to set up fish - Friendly Interactive SHell. for it’s git integration, and very rich interaction. Sure, all of this can be done on bash or zsh but I hate configuration, and combing hundreds of git repos for bashfiles and find what works for me.

    While at fish, I also decided to upgrade the default Mac terminal to iTerm2. This led me to a journey through installing fonts all the way to picking up the theme that works for me. But again, no configuration to mess with.

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  • Using localstack with AWS CLI

    Localstack is a really useful project by Atlassian, which allows for local development using the AWS cloud stack. In other words, it is a Mock AWS Stack with support for many of the infrastructure commonly coded against. This post is a quick and handy gist of using AWS command line to work with localstack for S3, SNS, SQS, and DynamoDB.

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  • SparkJava Maven Archetype with .war generation

    Spark Java is a Java 8 based lightweight framework which I highly recommend for writing APIs. It is so simple that it comes with an embedded jetty. However, in real world production you’d want to run it in an external container like Tomcat, JBoss, or Jetty (external), etc. I found a SparkJava Hello World archetype, however, it uses the embedded jetty. I was able to fork the repo and add .war support to it.

    The fork is here

    This post walks through the usage.

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  • AWS Lambda with Serverless Framework and Java/Maven - Part 1

    Serverless is a node.js based framework that makes creating, deploying, and managing serverless functions a breeze. We will use AWS as our FaaS (Function-as-a-Service) provider, although Serverless supports IBM OpenWhisk and Microsoft Azure as well.

    In this tutorial, we will create and deploy a java-maven based AWS Lambda function. In Part-1 we will not modify any code, or even look at the generated code. We will focus on the deployment and the command line interface to manage lambda, provided out of the box by serverless framework.

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  • Notes from AWS Lambda Deep Dive Webinar

    I’ve put together my notes from the AWS webinar, which can be seen here.

    Lambda is the key enabler and a core AWS component for serverless computing. Lets you run the code you want, without worrying about the underlying infrastructure and provisioning. It is also cost efficient, as there are no instances that are in running state but idle. Lambda handles scaling up and scaling down as needed, transparently to the customer.

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