Postmortems

an analysis or discussion of an event after it is over.Merriam-Webster The backstory Earlier this year, on one of our half-yearly IRL's, we had a discussion about whether or not we should proceed with a massive upgrade process that had been going on for the past year or so. The team that was working on it, myself included, had been…

Reading Nix expressions

These are my notes from the Reading Nix expressions talk in NixCon 2019. Nix package language has a similar syntax to the "JSON meets functional language concepts". E.g. you have Let-expressions which I would say is a functional concept (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_expression) - I first saw it in Elm and Haskell. An important thing to keep in mind is that Nix…

NixCon 2019

It's been a few years since I've been to a smaller conference and I made the right choice to visit NixCon 2019. It was held in a really nice coworking space called Impact Hub in Brno. There were 2 tracks and about 180 people attending. Generally speaking, smaller conferences like this one will give you more information because people are…

KubeCon 2019

This was my first time at a KubeCon conference. This year it was held in Barcelona with over 7.5k attendees! The conference was held at Gran Via which is a huge place. It consists of 8 huge halls and 3 of them were used for KubeCon. It could take you up to 15 minutes of walking from one talk to…

Strings in Python 2 and Python 3

The goal of this post is to show you how to properly use encode and decode in python 2 and in python 3. This post will be based on small examples that will (hopefully) make you better understand how strings work in python 2 and python 3. A bit of background on unicode and UTF-8: Unicode has a different way…

Lessons Learned from PyMunich 2016

At the end of October there was a Python conference in Munich (PyMunich). For a regional conference it was quite big in my opinion. There were 3 tracks and more then 40 speakers. As always I won't cover all the talks just the ones that I found the most interesting and educational. After all this is the biggest reason why…

Writing The Docs – Prague 2016

On September 19th and 20th Write the Docs Meeting took place in Prague. This year I had the pleasure to attend. More than 250 people came which is about 40% more compared to last year.  On my surprise the majority of the people were actual tech writers or 'documentarians' as they called themselves (well there were several talks were they…