Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 3, Publishing the Skill

Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 3, Publishing the Skill

This is the third in a series of ‘how-to’ articles on creating an interactive Alexa Skill. The skill is called ‘Fizz Buzz Bongo’ and is available in the Alexa Skills Store. It’s a variation on the classic ‘Fizz Buzz’ programmer

Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 2, Deploying to AWS Using Terraform

Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 2, Deploying to AWS Using Terraform

This is the second in a series of ‘how-to’ articles on creating an interactive Alexa Skill. The skill is called ‘Fizz Buzz Bongo’ and is available in the Alexa Skills Store. It’s a variation on the classic ‘Fizz Buzz’ programmer

Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 1, Create Java Lambda

Developing an Alexa Skill: Part 1, Create Java Lambda

This is the first in a series of ‘how-to’ articles on creating an interactive Alexa Skill. The skill is called ‘Fizz Buzz Bongo’ and is available in the Alexa Skills Store. It’s a variation on the classic ‘Fizz Buzz’ programmer

Migrate and Run Multiple WordPress Sites Locally Using UpdraftPlus Migrator and MAMP

Migrate and Run Multiple WordPress Sites Locally Using UpdraftPlus Migrator and MAMP

I currently have 3 WordPress sites which I host on AWS Lightsail. I use the free version of the UpdraftPlus plugin to ensure they are all backed up on a regular basis (with backups automatically being pushed remotely to DropBox).

MacOS Sierra & WD Elements “Couldn’t Unmount Disk” Problem

MacOS Sierra & WD Elements “Couldn’t Unmount Disk” Problem

A tale of a brand new disk drive, a 2TB backup, a disk failure and finally a recovery…

Integrating AWS and GitHub

Integrating AWS and GitHub

This article looks at integrating AWS and GitHub. It runs through an example of setting up an automated Git Pull using a Webhook to automatically sync Github repository code into an S3 bucket (from where it can then be picked

Migrating my WordPress Blog to Amazon AWS Lightsail

Migrating my WordPress Blog to Amazon AWS Lightsail

I’ve just migrated this WordPress blog from a multisite hosting package I have with LCN to Amazon’s new Lightsail service – and thought I’d just make a quick post about how the process went. Why move? There was both pushing

Deploying a Spring Boot Microservice To Docker / AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Deploying a Spring Boot Microservice To Docker / AWS Elastic Beanstalk

This article is a follow on from my previous one – “Example of a Spring Boot Microservice running on OSX/Docker Toolbox” which described how to create a Spring Boot application and deploy it to Docker Toolbox locally. This article describes how

Example of a Spring Boot Microservice running on OSX/Docker Toolbox

Example of a Spring Boot Microservice running on OSX/Docker Toolbox

A Little Background.. I have a little side project that I develop when I have moments of spare time. It’s a configurable engine that aggregates news feeds, bundles them up and displays them through a variety of web sites and

Installing Postgres with Docker/Kinematic on OS X (in under 30 mins)

Installing Postgres with Docker/Kinematic on OS X (in under 30 mins)

This is a quick guide to installing Postgres on OSX (10.9.4 Mavericks) using Docker + Kinematic. This is from an absolute Docker novice – and I managed to get it all up and running from scratch in under 30 minutes.