Finnian's blog

Software Engineer based in New Zealand

My programming story... so far

Find out how I went from learning to program with a Raspberry Pi to deploying distributed apps & services on servers in different locations!

9-Minute Read

When I was 12, I was given a Raspberry Pi. For the first couple of days, it was really fun. After I had browsed the web for a while and played a bit of Minecraft, it sat in it’s box for a few months. I really had no idea what to do with it. That was until I discovered that I could build a website with it.

How does my stuff work?

See how I deploy my code to squeeze as much performance out of them as possible using technologies like Nginx, Docker and Node.js.

4-Minute Read

I have a bit of a complex set up with all my sites and services, mainly due to using a multitude of different tools and languages to deploy different things. Currently, I have one main OVH server which most of my stuff is hosted on, including different database engines, Node.js and PHP apps.

Raspberry Pi Swarm

My first project utilising the Docker containerisation platform - building a Raspberry Pi swarm and trying to work out what to do with it.

3-Minute Read

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine reminded me about Docker. Docker is a containerisation platform which allows you to deploy different systems very quickly and efficiently on the same host machine. Not only that, you can put several Docker hosts together in order to create a swarm. It’s like VMs, but cooler.

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