Weekly update: 31 July 2016

The past few weeks have gone by quickly. dayJob is staying steady and side project development is picking up really nicely. Banking project Over the past while I’ve put more thought into the project and how to take it forward. These sessions are pretty important, I’m trying to weigh the place in the market and how this project could have the best impact. This is for everything from deployment to functionality. »

Mediocre banking, mediocre goals

When I first got to the UK at the top of my to-do list was to get a bank account. Aside from it being nearly impossible without having any bills in your name at an address (this is harder than it sounds) I finally got an account with Lloyds. Why Lloyds? They had a nice font. Differentiators The biggest thing I noticed when I was bank shopping was the lack of differentiation between them. »

Weekly update: 11 July 2016

I’m finally starting to settle into staying in another country. Leeds is a pretty great city and I’m in love with the most awesome running route. Still getting used to it being light at 22:00 though. Bank project Slow and steady has been the name of the game here. I’ve been researching a few issues around the implementation of a distributed model. I’ve also been in touch with a few people in the banking sector who will undoubtedly bring some great insight to the project. »

Simple service monitoring using Go and MessageBird

For a while I have been looking for a simple service monitoring tool that didn’t cost anything to run and gave me what I wanted to know: when services are in trouble. Everything I found was either too complicated or partially filled what I was looking for. So I decided to quickly write something up and created go-monitor. TL;DR go-monitor is a simple service monitoring tool. Its primary function is to monitor a list of services specified by the user, and then to notify one or many users if/when these services go down. »

Weekly update: 30 June 2016

A big focus of the past two weeks has been on the banking project, if for nothing else than to keep momentum. As it turns out, keeping momentum has led to continued and valuable development. Bank project There are two things happening on the banking project right now. The first is tightening up the project and working around the unknowns, which at this stage are the integration. I’ve relegated those to the endpoints so other development can take place. »