Author Archives: Richard Rodger

The Voxgig Podcast Chatbot is Production Code

This post is part of a series. This is the second post in a series I’m writing about a new Minimal Viable Product we’ve released at Voxgig that turns your podcast into a chatbot. Your visitors can now ask your guests … Continue reading




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Building a Podcast Chatbot for Voxgig

This post is part of a series. At Voxgig we have now recorded 140 podcast episodes (as of Feb 2024). That’s a lot of chatting about developer relations. It’s great if you are a regular listener (thanks!), or have the time … Continue reading




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Why you should be using a REPL all the way to production

Let’s talk about one of the most productive tools a coder can use: the REPL! The first half of this article gives you a short introduction to the subject if you’re not a coder. If you are a coder, skip … Continue reading




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@seneca/repl Version 6 Released!

I’ve released a substantial update to the @seneca/repl plugin! The @seneca/repl plugin provides a REPL for the Seneca microservices framework. As one of the earliest plugins, it has proven to be incredibly useful. A REPL (Read-Execute-Print-Loop) offers an interactive space to write code and execute it … Continue reading




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@seneca/repl version 2.x plan

I’m updating the @seneca/repl plugin! Here is the basic plan. NOTE: There’s a @seneca/repl dev Github Project to track this work. The @seneca/repl plugin provides a REPL for the seneca microservices framework. It is one of the earliest plugins, and … Continue reading




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The Tao of Microservices

My book on the microservice architecture is in early release! This book is based on five years of building microservice systems, of all shapes and sizes. It is a comprehensive guide to using the architecture based on practical experience. I’ve … Continue reading




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Seneca, A Microservices framework for Node.js

The release of Seneca 1.0 represents 5 years of open source evolution, and not a little blood, sweat and tears. The thing I am most happy about is the fact that I did not do the release – Wyatt had … Continue reading




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Monolithic Node.js

Are large-scale Node.js systems possible? Empirically, the answer is yes. Walmart and Paypal have both shown that it can be done. The quick criticism is that you need 10X engineers. This a classic, and well-founded criticism. New ways of doing … Continue reading




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How to Make Simple Node.js Modules Work in the Browser

Node.js is all about writing small, simple modules that do one thing, and do it well. This can be taken to extremes by crazy people. There’s even a module for multi-line strings! Some people can’t resist writing frameworks either. This … Continue reading




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Introducing NodeZoo.com, a search engine for Node.js modules

I made a bet on a new programming platform 3 years ago, and it paid off. Every line of code that has earned me money since then has been run by Node.js. In case you missed it, Node.js is the … Continue reading




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