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Hard Truths About Entrepreneurship

I originally posted this on X as a response to this HackerNews post (full text at the end of this post) but thought its worth expanding on. Too many people fall in love with the idea of entrepreneurship and all the buzz around it and confuse causation with effect - building somethign new and turning it into a successful venture is effing hard and most likely fail.

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Golden Testing Helm Charts

We love tests at Twingate. When working on the Twingate’s helm charts repository I wanted to incorporate testing like we do with other code. For a long time our release process requires a long process of manual testing - every change to the chart’s templates required a manual process of testing the chart with various inputs to make sure it still works as expected.

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Zero Downtime Django (gunicorn) Deployments on GKE

We recently switched to Twingate’s GKE load balancer to use Google’s new Container-native load balancer. The premise was good - LB talks directly to pods and saves an extra network hops, (with classic LB, traffic goes from LB to a GKE node which then, based on iptables configured by kube-proxy, get routed to the pod) and should perform better, support more features, and in general we’d rather be on google’s maintained side and not on legacy tech.

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Scaling Your Analytics Schema Using Events Grammar

One of the most important aspects of building your own analytics system is how you store the data and expose it for querying. This post describes the challenges and approach taken when designing the analytics system for dapPulse (now monday.com) and later at Wondermall. Problem Definition  # Most Analytics software out there lets you define events as an event_name coupled with a bag of data properties.

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5 Things I Learned About Managing an R&D Team

I made the first developer I was ever in charge of want to quit programming. That was roughly over 15 years ago. I’d like to think I’ve improved over the years… I think a key moment to that development was during the early years of my professional career. I was working at a big software company, spending probably 12+ hours a day at work and not getting enough done.

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The Ultimate Github Atom Setup

A coder’s editor is his temple. I’m a long time TextMate user. It has been my default editor for quite some time now. Everyone I know have already moved away to some other editor but every time I tried Sublime, Atom, etc. it never stuck. Atom was too slow, Sublime required editing long undocumented preferences JSON to customize…