Google Cloud Run with Micronaut and GraalVM

App Engine. Google Cloud Functions. And now the pinnacle: Google Cloud Run. Here I build a container running (thanks to GraalVM) a natively compiled Micronaut framework application on Google's latest serverless for containers offering called Cloud Run.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 java google cloud micronaut graalvm

First steps running a Cloud Task on Spring Cloud Data Flow

Everyone is talking cloud native. Spring might not be the newest kid on the block, but Spring Cloud Data Flow holds bags of promise. Here I give an introduction to Spring Cloud Data Flow and write my first Cloud Task.

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 java spring cloud

Creating, running and deploying a Google Cloud Function (Part 1)

Serverless computing using Google Cloud Functions, AWS Lambda or Azure Functions is all the rage at the moment. Here I register for the Google Cloud Platform, then write and deploy a ridiculously simple function using Google Cloud Functions.

Mon, Apr 30, 2018 javascript googlecloudplatforn rest serverless

Cold weekend in Copenhagen

A winter weekend break to Copenhagen - home of the Little Mermaid and many fantastic restaurants.

Mon, Feb 29, 2016 weekend review food denmark

Ten days in Spain - Madrid & Seville

With ten days to enjoy Spain we eventually succeeded in buying a Renfe Spain pass and made our way to Madrid and Seville.

Sat, Oct 31, 2015 spain review food madrid seville holiday

60 hours in Edinburgh (festival time)

A 60 hour visit to Edinburgh, our old hunting ground during the August festival season.

Mon, Sep 7, 2015 edinburgh weekend food festival review

72 hours in London

A visit to London was long overdue - so we headed for 72 hours of sightseeing, tourist attractions and to stuff our faces full of food!

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 london weekend food review

Internationalization on the Web - an often inconsistent and frustrating experience

Many websites / internet services are now offering their content in local languages - but the way this internationalization is implemented can cause frustration and annoyance to those whose only language is English.

Sun, Apr 27, 2014 internationalization webdesign ui

Introducing JSR-352 - Batch Applications for the Java Platform

Java EE 7 includes many new features - one of which is JSR-352, which brings Batch Applications to the Java platform. Here I define a ludicrously simple batch job and execute it on the Glassfish 4 nightly build.

Sat, May 25, 2013 java javaee batch jsr glassfish

Google App Engine Endpoints (REST services), with Java, Maven & Intellij (Part 1)

Google's App Engine now provides Endpoints, which offer a simple way to create RESTful services for clients. Here a simple Endpoint is created using the Java API, Maven and Intellij.

Sun, May 19, 2013 java maven appengine rest endpoints

Taking the WebSphere Liberty Profile for a spin, using Intellij on the iMac

The WebSphere Liberty Profile is built for developers - here I take the beta of the Next profile for a spin - using Intellij on the iMac, a new set-up for me.

Sun, Mar 24, 2013 intellij java websphere mac

New York City Food and Drink write up

Reviews of the food and drink venues we enjoyed in Manhattan, New York City during our November 2012 trip to the Big Apple.

Sat, Nov 17, 2012 food drink nyc manhattan travel

Disneyland Paris trip report and review

Brief write-up of our day trip to see Disneyland Paris - unfortunately minus Mickey Mouse and any of the other characters.

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 paris disneyland themepark disney

Paris food & drink experience

Write up of our food and drink experience in Paris, from our May 2012 visit.

Sun, Jun 10, 2012 paris food drink paris bars restaurants

Hungary: Budapest & Heviz Trip Report

A 10 day trip to Hungary's capital Budapest and a 3 night trip to Heviz, a town near Lake Balaton which is home to Europe's largest outdoor thermal lake.

Wed, Sep 30, 2009 hungary heviz budapest europe holiday

Isle of Skye

A week long trip in May 2008 trip to Scotland's Isle of Skye, where we were fortunate enough to get great weather!

Tue, May 19, 2009 skye holiday scotland uk