Dance Computer, Dance

by Ray Grasso

I’m giving Audible a go again. I like it for listening to non-fiction books. Fiction ones, not so much. 🤷‍♂️

Update: I’m reversing this. I actually prefer listening to fiction on Audible. I like highlighting things too much in non-fiction so Audible doesn’t really work as well for me for that.

Designing Data-Intensive Applications 📚

Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann

This book surveys data storage and distributed systems and is a fantastic primer for all software developers.

It starts with naive approaches to storing data, quickly builds up to how transactions work, and works up to the complexities of building distributed systems.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter on stream processing and event sourcing. It contrasts stream processing to batch processing and highlights many of the challenges of these approaches and explores options for addressing them.

Using Netlify for Hosting

I recently moved the hosting of my various blogs and websites off my own server to Netlify.

I was originally going to set up an S3 bucket and Cloudfront distribution for each of my sites but Netlify provides me the CDN and hosting features I need all bundled up already. You can upload files directly for serving or hook your site up to run a static site generator when you push to a branch of a Github repository.

In short, I’m not longer paying hosting costs and they handle all of the SSL certificate renewal from Let’s Encrypt for me.

Next up I plan to clean up the tooling I use for some of my sites and tweak things on here so I have more variety in my posts.

2019 is the year of the blog baby.