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Writing a command line application in Elixir

During the last days I got the chance to spend a bit of time playing around with Elixir. Elixir is, compared to other languages still a very new one. It has a Ruby-like syntax and compiles to Erlang VM bytecode. It is available for all major Linux...

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Testing external APIs in Ruby

Writing web services or applications that consume APIs is a common part of web development. Be it either a web service that is developed internally or by using an existing API from a 3rd party.

When writing tests against an external API one can face...

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Getting git right

On the 27th November, after the last Mrgn of the year, I spent the afternoon at the Getting Git Right event organised by Atlassian (makers of JIRA, Confluence, Stash, Bitbuckets and some other developer tools we have used before at asquera) and Codecentric...

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An elasticsearch development workflow with curl and bash

elasticsearch is not quite like other databases - this is unsurprising, because elasticsearch is actually an index server. Data storage is secondary and happens though attaching the input data to a special field for later retrieval (thats the _source) field. This has interesting implications to your workflow. For that reason, I'd like to present my workflow when developing elasticsearch indices.

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Vagrant on Mavericks


Since this post got a lot of attention last night (hey all of you upgraders!) I'll add a couple of things that I figured out since writing the post.

  • Please note that this post refers to VirtualBox 4.2. In the meantime 4.3 has been released...
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