John Jardin


3 days left to join the IBM Connections Customizer Event

On the 14th September 2017, Martin Donnelly announced via his blog an event competition run by IBM in conjunction with OpenCode4Connections.org. The purpose of the competition is to create IBM Connections customizations using Customizer. What is Customizer As explained by Martin, Customizer sits as a proxy between IBM Connections and the […]


Docker Containerization

Istio: Part 4 – Introduction to Containerization 4

In my previous article I provided a high level overview of the differences between Microservices and Monoliths. In this article I do the same, but for containerization. We are slowly reaching the point of my Istio blog series where we finally start working with Istio itself. Following this article will be one […]


Istio Grafana Dashboard

Istio: Part 2 – Surviving the Documentation

It’s been just over a week since I blogged my first Istio article: Part 1 – The Journey Begins. It’s unreal how much I now know about containerization and deployments versus a few days ago. It’s definitely been an interesting week. Skills required to take on Istio When I first looked at the documentation, […]


Istio: Part 1 – The Journey Begins

This is a start of a series of articles that I will be submitting, focusing on all things Cloud, Containerization, Microservices and of course…Istio. The Istio Announcement Last week an interesting announcement was made: IBM, Google and Lyft give microservices a ride on the Istio Service Mesh. IBM and Google announced […]

IBM Bluemix - Istio

Recipe for becoming an ultimate programmer

I find myself completely immersed in what’s possible with technology and the direction it’s taking. In the last few months alone I’ve become proficient in various platforms, frameworks, libraries and strategies, yet when I look at what I still need to learn and gain experience on, it frightens me to my […]

Awesome Computer Desk

React.js Review. Why I chose to invest in this library 2

It was about 2 months ago when I made the decision to invest in a JavaScript library called React.js. It was seriously dark waters for me, as I come from a full stack development framework called IBM XPages, where everything from server-side logic, responsive design, client-side scripting, database management, security, […]


Node.JS NPM

Clean your Node.JS environment on OSX & handle multiple versions

Overview My dev environment consists of multiple platforms, consisting primarily of Node.JS applications as well as Appcelerator Mobile. Appcelerator uses Eclipse for developing cross-platform mobile applications and runs on top of Node.JS. Unfortunately, Appcelerator (depending on the mobile SDK you’re using), requires an old version of Node.JS to properly run. This was […]