Finnian's blog

Software Engineer based in New Zealand

View Components, Storybook and Tailwind: The Holy Trinity?

Learn how to setup View Components and Storybook for Ruby on Rails.

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In this post, I’m going to cover the use of some popular open-source technologies, that when combined together provide an extremely powerful developer experience. This will be orientated towards Rails, but it should be possible to swap out View Components with something else for your stack.

Rapid development with Node.js and Docker

Bullet proof guide on how to create tiny Docker images for Node.js in production, configure your dev environment, automate your release cycle and more!

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I have quite a few Nodejs repos on GitHub and until now I’ve not migrated any of them to Docker because I didn’t really know how. The other day I had a ping on Twitter about the URL shortener I helped complete early this year, so I decided that now was the time to work out the best way to do it:

DockerCon 2017 - highlights & experiences

Check out what I got up to at DockerCon17, including my Docker load monitor which I did a demo of in my presentation as well as my top moments of the week.

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So, DockerCon! It turns out that building cool stuff gets you places. Back in 2016, I built a Docker Swarm from 5 Raspberry Pis by following Captain Alex Ellis’ tutorial and then went on to create two different visualisations for the swarm to demonstrate real time load balancing. This was picked up by Alex who got in touch soon after with the amazing news that Docker wanted to invite me to DockerCon17 in Austin, TX! I was incredibly excited about the prospect and asked if I would be able to give…

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!

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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.

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