Benchmarking Go programs

Benchmarking is an important step in writing software. This may extend beyond the scope of your Go program, but attention should also be given to the Go program itself. If you’re writing APIs or if you’re implementing a parser for a specific file format - benchmarking will tell you how performant your implementation is.

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Creating a new shortcode with Hugo

For those of you not familiar with Hugo, it’s the tool with which I’m generating this blog. Hugo is a static website engine similar to Jekyll or Hexo if you’re familiar with those. You write your content in markdown format, and it generates a set of static files, from which your blog is served. It’s written in Go and it’s very fast.

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Auto-scaling a Docker Swarm

Setting up a Docker Swarm (“docker swarm mode” if you want to be more accurate), is pretty much a trivial process. You need 3 nodes, create a swarm on one of them and join the other two nodes to the swarm. Simple. What if you wanted a 100 swarm nodes? How fast can you provision new nodes to scale up your Docker Swarm?

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Managing configuration with Viper

Viper is a popular configuration library that’s designed with 12 factor applications in mind.

Viper is a complete configuration solution for go applications including 12 factor apps. It is designed to work within an application, and can handle all types of configuration needs and formats. Viper can be thought of as a registry for all of your applications configuration needs.

Let’s use it to provide configuration for a typical application.

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MySQL tips for developers

Having more than a decade of experience with MySQL, there are a few tricks I picked up over the years that I believe should be in the arsenal of every developer who works with this database more than just superficially. I’m going to list a quick break-down of them from the top of my head.

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