Build It Today

Allan Anderson
reflections on technology, mostly build and release
Created 12 Sep 2021
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  • Continuous Integration Choices
    28 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    In the olden days, we ran big builds that took hours. We ran them automatically, maybe twice a day, on all our target systems. They ground along, and we tried to figure out just how much of that time ...
  • DevOps and Job Titles
    25 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Let’s all say it together: “DevOps is a philosophy, not a title.” This is a trendy statement! But that doesn’t keep the word “DevOps” out of a hojillion job search results. I even have “DevOps Enginee...
  • Why Snap instead of Docker?
    25 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I don’t think I have to sell anyone on containers at this point. But for the sake of comparison, let’s go over what they give you. You have your app, in a clearly defined and versioned environment (li...
  • Linux on the Desktop
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Maybe you remember the big push to mainstream Linux for end-users. It’s still going on. But it’s already happened. A bit more than 20 years ago, folks were worried Microsoft was abusing its monopoly s...
  • Simple JavaScript Builds with Vite
    22 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    When I talk with people who have been doing web development for a while, they always seem to complain about contemporary tooling. Modern Life = Unnecessary Complications The way they tell it, if we wa...
  • The Bird's-Eye Lowdown
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I want to know what my computer is doing. This desire appears old-fashioned. Who cares about computers any more? Give the people what they really want: Prometheus and Grafana charts reporting on their...
  • Educational Technology in the Trenches
    18 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    As students returned to the classroom this Fall (2021), they brought with them a slew of habits around remote education. As in, where is the site in which education happens? Classroom teachers, having...
  • The Complete Package
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    In the early days of Linux, by which I mean the early 90s, we built everything by hand! Small-batch, locally-sourced, artisanal .o files, linked using my grandmother’s secret ‘configure’ scripts and m...
  • Big Ask: Questions for Prospective Employers
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    So I’m at the end of an interview, and it’s my turn to ask questions. Yes, this is the part where I continue to show off what an insightful match I am for the position, how much research I’ve done, as...
  • Hands-on Learning: APIs
    14 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    So last time, I compared Computer Science with Software Development. My dirt-under-the-fingernails viewpoint: make stuff, break stuff, learn by doing. I am excited for pushback from those of a more ac...
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