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alex lashford

Alex is an experienced software developer specialising in the Java/J2EE toolset. Alex’s commercial experience has exposed him to the support, re-architecture and feature enhancement of large enterprise J2EE applications. This has given him exposure to large data volumes, legacy code, green field development and services integration. From this he has gained a strong core knowledge of development, design, implementation and interpreting the intricacies of the business domain. More recently he has been involved in programming in a more functional style. Taking advantage of the functional concepts in languages such as Scala & Ruby. This has enabled him to create scalable, feature-rich applications that are not only terse but are a joy to develop. As software development moves towards a purely functional style, languages like Haskel will come to the forefront and this will provide an exciting learning curve.
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Tue, May 8, 2018

New Relic Instrumentation for Kafka


New Relic does not offer direct instrumentation of a Kafka cluster, there are no extensions nor plugins that allow you to see the health and monitor the state of the Kafka Cluster. The team at New Relic have provided guidance on how to monitor producer and consumers with a great blog titled .

Posted by alex lashford
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

We embrace modern DevOps practices at LoansWithNoCreditCheck, so we are very much of the opinion that making all servers “cattle” not “pets” is the only way to provision. However, occasionally we do need a pet, we will call him “Moose”.

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Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Student Hack is fast growing “student only” Hackathon based in . The hack is in its fifth year and continues to grow & grow in popularity with students coming from around Europe to enter.

The Student Hack V event was last week and LoansWithNoCreditCheck were proud to be a Gold sponsor, we rocked up with our Mini-Event and the Challenge and were amazed at the results of the weekend, here is our summary of the weekend.

GoPiGo mini event, well this little robot turned out to be heavily affected by the environment, the naughty little tyke. Carpets affected top speed, distance travelled & overall grip on the surface, however it was still a success and a nice distraction from the main Hack. Great work & superb use of the replacement rule to ensure time penalties were kept to a minimum. Well done to Cameron for winning the challenge!

Posted by alex lashford
Thu, Mar 13, 2014

This application shows how to build a 'modern' web application, comprising a Client-side JavaScript app built using AngularJS written in CoffeeScript, served from the Play 2 Framework and using document persistence with Reactive Mongo a non-blocking Scala client for MongoDB.

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