Author Archives: Ben

London Heathrow to Frankfurt on Luthansa – Airport Hacks

A highly situational list – but it might help someone! [1] (FRA) Boarding Pass Check Dodge Due to the airport only having two electronic boarding pass scanners in Hall B, which often break down, long queues can build up while … Continue reading

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API Banking – 10 Bank Developer Portals

In no particular order … UK Market (Open Banking) [1] HSBC https://developer.hsbc.com/ [2] RBS #BankOfAPIs Developer Portal https://developer.bluebank.io/ [3] Barclays https://developer.barclays.com/ [4] Lloyds Bank Developer Portal https://developer.lloydsbank.com/ [5] Halifax https://developer.halifax.co.uk/opendata-v2 European Market (PSD2) [6] Nordea Developer Portal https://developer.nordeaopenbanking.com/app/docs [7] ING … Continue reading

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REST API Design – A Beginner’s Reading List

There’s no better place to start than Steve Yegge’s post, where he dicusses the Jeff Bezos memo that kicked off the service architecture revolution at Amazon: The RESTful cookbook is a your next stop – an easy to digest of … Continue reading

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Bluff Your Way in Enterprise Architecture

Being an architect is hard work. Given how small the population of people willing to do hard work is, it might be a little mysterious to you how many people manage to wangle ‘architect’ into their job titles*, but how few know … Continue reading

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Infrastructure as Code – Key Terms

There’s an excellent introductory series on Terraform over at Gruntwork, and apart from anything else it has a very clear introduction to what the different tools in this space do. I recommend the blog, but here’s a quick summary of … Continue reading

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Continuous Lifecycle London 2016 – Conference Notes

Who was there Big names:  Jez Humble and Dave Farley (authors of Continuous Delivery), and Katherine Daniels (Etsy). Reportedly there were 270 delegates (it certainly felt like it). Vendors In general, thin on the ground – New Relic, HPE, Jet Brains, Automic, … Continue reading

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Continuous Integration with Docker and Jenkins – Not So Easy

TL;DR: It takes a few minutes to pull a Jenkins container, it takes a few weeks of hard work to get it playing nicely with Docker. Intro We wanted to build a CI pipeline to do automated deployment and testing … Continue reading

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Neo4j GraphTalks – Fraud Detection and Risk Management Talk Review

I went to an excellent seminar this morning hosted by Neo4j, the graph database vendor. I used Neo4j a couple of years back to model change requests at a investment bank, and I’ve had a soft spot for its speed … Continue reading

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Determining your AWS IP address range for a dynamic IP

To work with your AWS RDS PostgreSQL instance, you will need to provide your IP address or range. If you’ve got a dynamic IP address, this is the process to follow: 1. Determine your current IP: http://www.whatsmyip.org/ 2. Look up the IP address range … Continue reading

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RabbitMQ – API Statistics – Documentation Trail

I appreciate I may be the only person in the world who cares about this, but every time I try and monitor a RabbitMQ server, I spend time digging through the documentation reminding myself what exactly I have to do. … Continue reading

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