# Thoughts on using Kafka with Node.js (node-rdkafka)

Let me start by saying, node-rdkafka is a godsend. When we first started using it, the library was the only one fully compatible with the latest version of Kafka and the SSL and SASL features. I owe webmakersteve and other contributors all a six-pack of beer for making this possible (thank you!!!!).

With that said, I guarantee you . . .

April 01, 2020

# Avoid Synchronous Functions in Node.js

## tl;dr

Most synchronous methods in Node.js (statSync, readFileSync, etc.) have asynchronous alternatives (via callback). Using util.promisify can easily make these methods async/await compatible. Using the Promise-based equivalents can greatly speed up your application. In fact, I'd argue there's never a need for the . . .

Posted in: nodejstypescript

February 29, 2020

# A Gentle Introduction to TypeScript

### Talk given at Fullstack Talks (NC San Diego) - 02/2o/2020

This information has been updated since the talk (mostly extra info added, some grammar/spelling errors corrected).

## Who am I?

• Principal Software Engineer at Peachjar
• 3/4 Stack Developer (or Pear-shaped Developer)
• Former Marine Corps Meteorologist
• Virgo
• Foodie
• . . .

February 21, 2020

# Distributed Locking with Postgres Advisory Locks

#### TL;DR

Postgres Advisory Locks are a great solution for arbitrary application locks, particularly in scenarios where you are already using Postgres and have a need to block concurrent mutations to a resource (that resource DOES NOT have to be data in Postgres).

# Concurrency is hard

We ran into a problem . . .

February 16, 2020

# WebSequenceDiagrams.com TypeScript Client

### https://gist.github.com/rclayton-the-terrible/493cd0811542ff9693ac02746517ba71

TL;DR - TypeScript Client Gist: https://gist.github.com/rclayton-the-terrible/493cd0811542ff9693ac02746517ba71

If you are not familiar with WebSequenceDiagrams, it's an excellent tool for creating sequence diagrams for planning software flows. If you are not familiar with sequence diagrams, a quick Google search will . . .

June 22, 2019

# What's Making Me Happy - 01/21/2019

### React w/out Redux, Kubernetes Node Draining, and Customizing DataDog

Hey friends, welcome back to WMMH! It's about a month since my last post -- my sincere apologies; work and vacation have sapped my free time. Fortunately, the extra time has given me more things to be happy about!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been working on various projects up and down the stack. This work included . . .

Posted in: kuberneteswmmh

January 29, 2019

# Kube-Native Workflows with Argo

### Stitching Docker containers together to get stuff done fast!

About a month ago, was looking for a tool to help automate some of the analytic jobs our data scientist built in Python. My goal was to automate the following process:

1. Execute Python jobs that analyze the day's activities, producing a CSV output.
2. Create a new table in Postgres (that hold the CSV data).
3. Insert the . . .