Vanuatu (Day 5-6)

Vanuatu (Day 5-6)

After a slow and relaxed start to the day, our first stop of the day was to find a “Drug Store” to get some ear drops as my right ear has decided to misbehave whilst we have been away. After securing the medication without any issue we wanted to start the fun part of the day. Iririki Island is a […]

Vanuatu (Day 3 & 4)

Vanuatu (Day 3 & 4)

A cruise ship was in town for the next couple of days, so the plan was to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the resort. I discovered you can order a complimentary coffee with your breakfast so that was necessary to cure my caffeine addiction. After eating (and if you are reading this mum, resting for thirty-minutes) I […]

Vanuatu (Day 1 & 2)

Vanuatu (Day 1 & 2)

“You better have packed sunscreen” said the kind stranger next to us on our flight to Vanuatu after taking one look at my paleness. She was lovely, actually every single person we have met so far has been extremely pleasant and helpful but I am getting ahead of myself. The plane ride was extremely short, once we were served our […]

Uploading to Maven Central using Gradle on Mac

Uploading to Maven Central using Gradle on Mac

Get Approved by Sonatype The first step is to create an account with their Jira as that is how their request process is managed. Once you have successfully created the account, you will need to store these credentials so that our Gradle script can access them. To do this we need to create (or edit if it already exists) your […]

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 3

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 3

This is Part 3 on a series detailing everything you need to get going on your serverless architecture whilst using your existing SQL Server database. View the source on GitHub or checkout Parts 1 & 2 if you haven’t already. Step 6: Handlers We haven’t done anything related to AWS Lambda so no wonder you are still confused. So now […]

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 2

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series describing how to get Microsoft SQL Server and AWS Lambda playing nicely together. You can find Part 1 here. If you already know how to use java SQL to connect to a database, you can skip these steps and move onto Part 3. Otherwise if you work better just looking at a sample, […]

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 1

Accessing SQL Server in AWS Lambda – Part 1

AWS Lambda is great, but I had many difficulties finding a way to connect into my RDS SQL Server instance. I started with Python and ODBC (both pyodbc and pypyodbc), but ran into so many issues with missing libraries (LD_LIBRARY_PATH of death). I turned to Java, but I think SQL Server and Java are a bit like oil and water, […]

Paris Day One – The one with the mouse

Paris Day One – The one with the mouse

It was a super early start to our day as we needed to be at the Disneyland pickup on time otherwise we would have no idea how to get their and back on our own. We headed downstairs to get our first free breakfast at our awesome French hotel. It was pretty impressive, especially for a European breakfast, which from […]

London Day Fourteen – The one on the train

No matter how long you leave yourself to get ready, I always feel rushed when you need to checkout from a hotel. Maybe it is the finality, once you leave that room – your home for two weeks, you will never ever return to that exact spot. We were running late and also hadn’t factored in the extra time everything […]