Author Archives: Sampo J.

Swearing in Unicode

Sometimes you just gotta swear, but don’t have the words for it. This is where grawlixes, or symbol swearing, comes in. Continue reading

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Entropy of a MongoDB ObjectId

How hard is it to guess a generated MongoDB ObjectId? Continue reading

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ISO certification for dummies

Wellmo recently received its ISO 27001 certificate, the primary standard for an information security management system (ISMS).  I was closely involved in defining the processes and policies to obtain the certificate, and will share some of my experiences in this … Continue reading

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Complex plurals

Pluralization is a key topic in localization, but its complexity is very often overlooked.  Every localization library supports singular and plural forms, but many languages have more than two plural forms — some even have six different forms! We encountered this when … Continue reading

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Continuous localization

In a lot of development (especially outside the US), localization is a must.  You can have people 100 km away that don’t speak the same language.  Unfortunately localization is often a significant hindrance in agile development and continuous deployment. In this … Continue reading

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Benchmarking AWS t2 instances

A couple of years ago I did some benchmarking on the AWS t1.micro instances.  The t1.micro was AWS’s first performance burstable instance type, which are appropriate for non-continuous CPU usage. The CPU allocation of the t1.micro is not specified anywhere.  In practice the throttling … Continue reading

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When to hard-code

Hard-coding is generally considered an anti-pattern and abhorred by experienced developers. Input and configuration data should be externalized from the code, or at the very least parametrized to a language constant. While working at Wellmo, I’ve come to reconsider this … Continue reading

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