Injecting Golang variables at build time

Sometimes you want variables to be baked in to your application, but not present in source control. This is one such method in Golang

Just a quick one to share something useful I learnt about injecting variable values at build time in Golang. The usecase for this was adding a Slack webhook URL to a GUI application without either shipping the webhook URL in the code, or expecting the end user to set an ENV VAR with the webhook URL in it.


I'm Writing an RPG

Tabletop roleplaying games are immense fun. Having looked at a number of Old School Revival/Renaissance RPGs, I decided to write my own with a distinctly noir feel

I’ve played D&D for a number of years, starting with 3E. More recently I have been looking at the different Old School-style RPG offerings, including quite a few from independent writers. Following on from this, I decided to write my own which I have decided to call Grace. It was very nearly called Built for Vice, and I’m so glad I went with Grace in the end.


What's in a Job Title?

Depending on which system at $dayjob you check, I have one of a few different job titles. I might be a “DevOps [sic]1 Engineer”, a “Platform Engineer”, or a “Senior Ops Engineer”, or something else I am yet to discover.

  1. I am happy to have the DevOps vs. devops argument with anyone that will entertain me, but the point is you’re probably wrong


Writing a personal whois API

Making use of Golang, Lambda, and API Gateway

A while back I wrote a whois API to contain some basic information about me. It was written in Node.JS, and had different JSON responses based on the path you requested (e.g. /name, /job, etc.). The code is here if you are interested in how the first iteration of this project worked. It was hosted on an intentionally-unnamed SaaS provider that just wasn’t up to scratch.


Learning C

My latest quest on the adventure of becoming truly t-shaped

I was going to come up with a witty title for this blog post, but my brain is fried from everything that’s been injected into it.


Containers Homework

Every day is a school day. Why do the bare minimum when doing something different is so much fun?

At work, we have several “working groups” centred around specific technologies we use. The purpose of these is to have a way for us lowly engineers to have input into our “tech menu” that we work with. There are several software-engineering-focused groups (JVM, Nodejs, etc.) but so far only one that relates to operations in a broad sense: the container working group.