Automation

Manipulating Variables in JMeter

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There are many reasons for manipulating variables in JMeter, especially when you are loading data from a CSV data set config element. You might want to trim a JMeter variable, or grab just a substring. In all of these cases, your existing knowledge of JavaScript can come to the rescue. Wherever you were about to […]

Programming

Make HAProxy Strip Spaces From a Request Header

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There is some shared code out in the wild that browser extensions are using to make requests, which might cause problems if you parse the Referer header in your website. The issue is with the following request header, which you might see in your logs as Referer: http://+www.example.com: Referer: http:// www.example.com That space between the […]

Programming

The Microservices vs Conway Test

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Following on from my article on Mescoservices back in 2015, this article expands on an idea I had in September on how monoliths, mescoservices, and microservices fit into organisation design. The microservices vs Conway test encodes a common piece of advice into a first-draft formula for testing your architecture against your organisation. Microservice Advice Microservices […]

Process

Why Devs (Should) Understand Estimates

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Yes, this is a sub-post! A reaction to a post titled “Why Devs (Should) Like Estimates”. I try not to get involved in industry conversations about estimation (or, indeed, #NoEstimates) as it can get very dicey at a general level in ways that simply don’t occur for a specific team or organisation. I’ll briefly qualify […]

Programming

Using .NET Core Identity Without the Standard Pages

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This is a quick article about using .NET Core Identity without the standard pages. It was almost titled “why does .NET Core Identity ignore my LoginPath that I set in options?”. Let’s start with a common chunk of code that you’ll find in your Startup.cs file if you’ve added identity to your project… services.AddIdentity<ApplicationUser, ApplicationRole>() […]

Analytics

Debugging Adobe Analytics

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Adobe Analytics can sometimes be a bit of an enigma, so people often turn to browser extensions to help them with debugging Adobe Analytics. However, for those of us who spend most of our lives in browser tools; there’s a simple way to get x-ray vision into what Analytics is thinking. Let’s get straight down […]