Automation should be at the heart of every software company. If have to configure something manually: script it. Save the script. Use the script. Automate. Anything. Automation. First. Period.

Automation, CI/CD, Docker, Synology

Docker on Synology: from git to running container; the easy way

My Synology disk crashed and so did my Docker set up. Basically, the CI/CD pipeline for my programs no longer existed. The wonderful thing of an awful crash like this, is that I could rethink my setup. The result is what I would call “a poor man’s CI/CD”. It’s just Git, Docker, Docker Compose and Cron. It is easy to set up and it might be all you need.

Chatops, Databricks / Spark, Python, Slack

Simple Python code to send message to Slack channel (without packages)

Last week I was working on a Databricks script that needed to produce a Slack message as its final outcome. I lifted some code that used a Slack client that was PIP-installed. Unfortunately, I could not use the package on my cluster. Fortunately, the Slack API is so simple, that you don’t really need a package to post a simple message to a channel. In this blog I’ll show you the simplest way of producing awesome messages in Slack.

Amazon S3, AWS Lambda, bash, Python

AWS Lambda Size: PIL+TF+Keras+Numpy?

At Wehkamp we’ve been using machine learning for a while now. We’re training models in Databricks (Spark) and Keras. This produces a Keras file that we use to make the actual predictions. Training is one thing, but getting them to production is quite another!

The main problem we’ve faced was that it was too big to actually fit into a lambda. This blogs shows how we’ve dealt with that problem.