Justin Gage
Technically explains software and hardware in a simple and engaging way so you can impress your boss.
Created 14 Dec 2019
  • What happened to Facebook?
    05 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 22 4
    (edit: Facebook finally published some information about the outage, corroborating expert suspicions) The TL;DR Yesterday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all went down (i.e. didn’t work) for a good...
  • What does dbt do?
    27 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The TL;DR dbt (no capitals) is a tool for transforming and organizing data in your warehouse. It helps data teams get raw data ready for analysis and impact. Data models are the core of effective data...
  • What are webhooks?
    13 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 21 5
    The TL;DR Webhooks are APIs, but backwards - they’re ways for applications to send data to other applications, automatically. webhooks let applications send data around when important events happen, l...
  • What does Hashicorp do?
    24 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The TL;DR Hashicorp sells open-core software that helps developers manage their cloud infrastructure via code-based configuration and access. Cloud infrastructure is constantly evolving – larger organ...
  • APIs for the rest of us
    09 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 14 0
    This week’s post is a long one – it’s about REST APIs (the ones that power almost every single app that we use), and how to work with them. You can read it on the Technically site: Read APIs for the r...
  • What does Cloudflare do?
    20 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The TL;DR Cloudflare provides networking tools that help companies distribute their apps globally in a secure way. To make sure your apps and sites are fast no matter where your users are, developers ...
  • What does MongoDB do?
    29 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 24 0
    (MongoDB paid me to write this post. But I was going to write it anyway.) The TL;DR MongoDB is a highly popular document database (i.e. NoSQL) for powering your applications. Every app (give or take a...
  • What's Kafka and what does Confluent do?
    15 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 28 4
    avoid bugs like Gregor by using Kafka The TL;DR Apache Kafka is a framework for streaming data between internal systems, and Confluent offers Kafka as a managed service. We’re dealing with a lot of da...
  • What does Databricks do?
    27 May 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 3
    The TL;DR Databricks sells a data science and analytics platform – i.e. a place to query and share data – built on top of an open source package called Apache Spark. Apache Spark is an open source eng...
  • What's Serverless?
    11 May 2021 • 6 min read • 33 4
    The TL;DR Serverless is a catch-all term for apps and products that don’t require you to manage your own servers. Every app runs on a set of servers somewhere, and there’s high overhead involved in ma...
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