Getting Started with the Rails Logger

Here’s another post I wrote for Scalyr last summer. I enjoy working with Ruby, and putting together this tutorial was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it too! Let’s continue our ongoing series on getting starting with loggers for different languages and platforms. Back in March, we covered logging with Ruby; now it’s time […]

5 Server Monitoring Tools you should check out

I wrote this post on server monitoring tools for Raygun a couple of months ago. You can check out the original here.   You work on your software’s performance. But let’s face it: production is where the rubber meets the road. If your application is slow or it fails, then nothing else matters. Are you […]

Log4j2 Configuration: A Detailed Guide to Getting Started

I wrote a detailed guide about using and configuring Log4j2 for Scalyr a while back. Here it is.   We covered basic logging for Java applications a while back. In that tutorial, we used log4j version 2, a logging framework from the Apache project. Let’s go one step further with Java application logging and look […]

REST API: Your Guide to Getting Started Quickly

Here a post I wrote for Stackify a while ago. You can find the original here.   Even though REpresentational State Transfer, also known as REST, is often referred to as a protocol, it’s an architectural style. It defines how applications communicate over the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Applications that use REST are loosely-coupled and […]

A Guide to Getting Started Quickly with the Feature Toggle in Java

This is the first post I wrote for the Rollout blog. The original is here. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the feature flag posts, and it’s something I plan on adding the enviornment at the day job soon.   Feature toggles (also known as feature flags) are simple. You want to introduce […]

Creating a New Project with TeamCity

Here’s a post I wrote for the Techtown blog a while back. The original is here. Techtown also offers a course about using TeamCity for Continuous Integration. I am a big fan of Jetbrain’s products, especially this one.   TeamCity is a continuous integration server that supports building and deploying a variety of different project […]

Getting Started With the iOS Feature Flag (Objective-C)

Here’s another post I wrote for Rollout, this time about integrating their feature toggle system with an iOS app written in Objective-C. You can find the original post here.   Mobile apps are often tied to backend services and are expected to evolve in parallel with them. Of course, the backend developers have it a […]

Agile Release Train Smells – The Most Common Mistakes

Here’s a post I wrote for EnoV8 a while back. You can find the original here. Whether your organization is starting an agile transformation now or is well on its way, there are always pitfalls. Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a big leap for most organizations. After all, even if some of your development teams […]