In the quest to move everything to a pay-what-you-use model and maintaining my enthusiasm for serverless, I was inspired by Nathan’s post over on DevOpStar about creating a chatbot using Facebook’s messenger platform. With my past as a town planner, I’ve been wanting to mix my two skills with programming/devops and town planning to help make the community better for a while, but been struggling to find some inspiration for an idea.
For some time, I’ve run my fun side-project site, Secret Santa on Heroku. In fact, it’s been over three years that I’ve had the site there. Heroku is great for developers wanting to test out their ideas as they have a wonderful free tier of web servers, which has served me well over the past few years.
Following on from my post over at the Mechanical Rock blog, I thought I’d add in another post on how to leverage cloudbuild and GCR Google Container Registry to reuse docker layers to get fast feedback cycles. In this case, I’ll be referring to my open source application, Secret Santa which is a ruby on rails based application.
A few weeks ago my employer, Mechanical Rock hosted a conference in Perth, Western Australia talking all things cloud computing, called Latency with the tagline: The only local conference dedicated to building secure, high performing cloud native applications. I’d been working with some relatively new tech in the past few months with AppSync which had only just come out of beta and was made “Generally Available” in April this year.