I'm Software Engineer

in San Francisco.
I build serious tools and silly hacks. Currently at Joyable.

Totes-not-amazon.com: Markov Chain Generation for AWS Announcements

I challenge you to reliably tell the difference between AWS and Totes-not-amazon.

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Scarr: S3 + Cloudfront + ACM + Route53

There are a bunch of free/cheap options for hosting static sites (just html/css/js) out there: github pages, netlify, firebase hosting - but when I want to build a bulletproof static site "for real", my go-to toolset is S3 for hosting with Cloudfront caching in front of it.

My workflow for that usually looks like:

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Building a url-shortener with Lambda — JUST Lambda

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use AWS Lambda." Now they have thousands of concurrent problems.

If you want to know how to build a sanely-architected url-shortener using AWS Lambda on top of a datastore like Postgres, this is not the post for you. We're going to build a Rube-Goldberg url-shortener using just Lambda.

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Disguising Ruby as Javascript

Because my parents didn't raise me right, I decided to take another crack at making valid ruby that is indistinguishable from javascript.

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Twitter + Ffmpeg

Want to upload audio to twitter? You can't. You'd have to upload it to soundcloud, then post that link to twitter. Some clients will give you a nice in-app soundcloud player and some won't.

You can upload video to twitter, though.

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