Taking advantage of cloud VM-driven development

Most people write about cloud computing as it relates to their service infrastructure. It’s exciting to hear about how Netflix and Dropbox et al. use AWS to support their operations, but all of those large-scale ideas don’t really mean much for the average developer. Most people don’t have the budget or the need for enormous […]

Self-contained build environments with Vagrant

Vagrant is a nifty piece of Ruby software that lets you set up Virtual Machines with an unparalleled amount of automation. It interfaces with a VM provider like VirtualBox, and helps you set up and tear down VM’s as you need them. I like it better than Juju because there isn’t as much hand-holding involved, […]

elementary OS, a distribution like no other

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There are a surprising number of people who hate elementary OS. They say that elementary is technically just a distribution of linux, not an OS. They say that it is too similar to OS X. They say that the developers are in over their heads. All of these things may be true, but I do […]

Backing up my data as a linux user

It’s a good habit to routinely back up your important data, and over the past few years, dozens of cloud storage/backup solutions have sprung up, many of which offer a good deal of free space. Before you even start looking for a backup solution, you need to sit down and think about what kind of […]

Continuous integration in web development

CI, or Continuous Integration, is a big help when you’re working on console applications. If you’re not familiar with the term, continuous integration refers to a system through which you can have your code compiled, executed, and tested in the background as you’re working on it. This usually happens on remote servers dedicated to the […]