Hacking Apartment Hunting

One of the great joys of moving to a new city is finding your new home. Now I know sarcasm doesn't really translate that well over text, but I really didn't want to start this thing on a negative tone. It might just be me, but I had a bitch…

Hands-on with AWS CodeDeploy

For the longest time I've always wanted to try out AWS CodeDeploy but never really had the chance to get to. Most of my work has been in Ruby/Rails so I've been partial to Capistrano for the most part. (read: am lazy, if it ain't broken...) Recently though, with…

The Best Books I've Read in 2016

I've only read 18 books this 2016, and from that short list is another list of what stood out to me the most. Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths This book really started out strong for me. The authors did a good job in parallelising real…

Optimizing Slow APIs with AWS New Application Load Balancers

One of the recent interesting challenges that we're having at PayrollHero is how to make our core API better. We have multiple applications and they communicate with each other through APIs. Most of these endpoints are already really fast (< ~1000ms) mostly because they're dumb and have really simple things…

The Best Books I've Read in 2015

4. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller I found this book cheesy, and somewhat manipulative with how the author states some facts to make it sound like all these famous people follow 'The One Thing' mantra. Don't get me wrong though, this book…