Nathan Fisher in Melbourne, Australia

Nathan Fisher, Systems Engineer at maxymiser.com

JunctionBox.ca is the personal blog of Nathan Fisher, a senior systems engineer at maxymiser.com. The Archive contains my musings on development, DevOps and IT related articles. The Resource section is a dumping ground for links to interesting tools, OS's, and tips I've found on the web. About Nathan is a short overview of me, myself and I...as if a blog wasn't self-indulgent enough! Oh and while I'd hope this is self evident any views expressed here are mine and not those of my employer.

Uniquely Identify Me

I recently revisited the landscape for autonomous and uncoordinated identity generation. I came across a couple of criticisms on the use of UUID's and I wanted to explore and validate those criticisms.

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Go(ing) to the Clouds

AWS is one of the top cloud providers. Amazon CloudFormation makes it easier to manage an entire environment and Golang is an efficient language to develop that tooling in. Combining the two and you have an efficient tool to manage an environments life-cycle.

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R Simple Data Analysis

R is a great tool for statistical analysis. It particularly comes in handy when you want to load and normalise data as illustrated here.

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Dropwizard Database Migrations

Database migrations are a way to programmatically manage, apply and track changes to a databases schema.

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Calendar Tables in PostgreSQL

Hadoop and MapReduce has made data warehousing all the rage but, don't give up on the trusty old RDBMS. Learn how to populate a calendar table using only PostgreSQL built-in features.

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