Nathan Fisher in Melbourne, Australia

Nathan Fisher, Systems Engineer at is the personal blog of Nathan Fisher, a senior systems engineer at 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 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.

Recreational GraphQL use

GraphQLs hype seems to have hit a fever pitch in my tech circle. Like any new technology I figured it’s utility was somewhere between nil and unicorn pixie dust that will “revolutionise” the way I code. The only way to find out was to roll up my sleeves and start coding.

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Clojure Speedup - Class Prefetching

This is my second article in a series on Clojure start-up timings. The focus for this article is Class Prefetching.

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Illustrated Guide to Clojure Start-up Timings

Clojure start-up is sometimes painful. There's lots of methods to amortise the cost such as execution of commands in REPLs, and stand-by JVM's using nail servers and the like. This article aims to illustrate where that time is being spent.

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Buck on Travis CI

Lightspeed is too slow. We'll have to go directly to ludicrous speed!! Buck is a ludicrously fast build tool but is not a widely available default on many of the OSS CI services. Here's how I got it up and running for Java.

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Joys of Java Logging

I like to minimise my dependencies. Sadly the java.util.logging library is rather sparse on documentation when it comes to Uberjars. Read on for how I tamed this particular beast (more of a rabbit than a big cat).

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