September 15, 2014

Top ten shell commands for daily use

As software writers, we spend much time reading code, writing code, browsing it, searching things on it, breaking it, fixing it, etc. All for the sake of a good behavior in a component/module we try to build.

During this process there are several opportunities in which you need something, a tool, that helps you find and do things quickly, and perhaps an IDE is an overkill when you have several things opened. So there's the shell, and with it, a lot of applications.

Normally these are the tools I most use during my daily work:
  • find - Whenever you wanna search files by name and many other options, it's mandatory.
                     $> # I'm trying to get all build reports from the projects
                     $> find /opt/projects -iname *report.html 
  • grep - Excellent tool to search patterns and strings within files
                      $> # what if want to check for all logs containing the ERROR level?
                     4> grep -nHr --include="*.log" "ERROR" /opt/servers/logs/
  • tmux - Multiple SSH connections are not a problem anymore, just install tmux and create sessions within a single SSH connection.

  • tar - Mandatory tool for packaging and compressing data
                      $> tar cvfz db_dumps.tar.gz *.sql
  • watch - Lets you execute a command or script within a defined interval, helpful for monitoring things
                      $> watch -n 10 "du -hs /opt/packages"
  • xargs - Pipelines!!, who doesn't use them!? with this utility you can easily pass output data to another application
                      $> # delete all my missing files from the repo
                      $> hg missing | xargs hg rm
  • jed - Must have a simple shell editor, I prefer jed over all of them.
  • ssh - Server connections are a must have when deploying applications, learn how to use it.
  • scp - Copy files through an SSH connection without problems.
  • wget - Get those HTTP files easily, use wget.

September 10, 2014

This is where I work

Disclaimer: Draft from a long time ago.

Back in December of 2009 I was preparing my thesis work for my graduation, and somehow a very funny guy called me saying that we have talked a while ago about a job offer in a software development company.

At the beginning I was thrilled, I hadn't worked in a professional way by that moment, I couldn't talk nor understand English properly and I was very insecure about my skills against the European standards.

But then I found out something, these guys were really interested in personal values above all, they might need skillful people, but it wasn't (and I dare to say it still isn't) the most important thing.

We were a very small group, now a little bit larger, doing things I found challenging. There are several goals I have set for me in this workplace, I like working there, I enjoy the work I'm doing and the people whom I working with.

Perhaps you want to take a look at the website to know the company a little bit ;-)