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Simple shell script replacing Pingdom for checking domain health

Pingdom is a service that automatically checks the health of your domains. It returns up/down information, response times, status codes and more. If something goes wrong it sends you notifications. Here I’d like to show a simple shell script that I’ve been using that replicates some of that functionality and notifies by email when something goes wrong.

Part 1: How to architect a medium sized node.js web application

This is the first in a two part series of how to architect a medium-sized node.js web application. It is designed for testability and long-term maintainability. Part 1 is going to be a high level overview of the directory structure and how it fits together. In part 2 (not yet finished) we’re going to look into some specific highlights of the architecture.

Manual Stripe invoicing for the glorious benefit of your business customers

Stripe is a great service — it enables you to easily start accepting card payments in a multitude if currencies. But Stripe lacks good support for one feature that is important for many business customers: manual invoicing. In this short article I will show you how I tackled this problem as part of my work with Linknow.

Six lessons learnt while using Microsoft Graph

As part of my work with Linknow the last few months I’ve been working extensively with Microsoft Graph, which is an API for accessing data from Azure, and other Microsoft services. Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve learned.

The future is now: trying out GraphQL and AWS Lambda

Lately I’ve been trying out some new technologies that may change web development. The GraphQL query language combined with a serverless architecture enabled by Lambda form a wonderful combination that makes the work of developing an API and managing a server obsolete. Or does it? Let’s have a peek into the future!

Creating swap space on Ubuntu

Here’s a quick intro to swap space and how you can create new swap space on Ubuntu 16.04. It will most likely work verbatim on other Ubuntu versions, as well as other distributions of GNU/Linux too.

User authorization with React/Redux

Here’s the problem. You want to prevent access to parts of your app for users that are not logged in, and additionally you want to prevent logged in users without the right role or access level (non-admins typically) from accessing yet more parts of your app.