Getting New Relic and RDS to play nice

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Anyone who’s ever had to support server infrastructure of any kind knows the value of having a comprehensive, automated monitoring solution in place. With this in mind, we have begun to roll out the New Relic platform to monitor all our AWS based servers. New Relic comes with many great monitoring metrics straight out of the box, but still has the flexibility for software developers to create their own plugins for customized metrics on just about anything your users will care about.
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Getting Started with Angular and Accessibility

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I recently did some preliminary work adding accessibility support to an existing Angular application. At the start of this work I knew very little about website accessibility, and I suspect the evolution of my thinking during the process would be common amongst other developers who have been in the same situation. Specifically:

  1. Initial annoyance at having to do it
  2. Slow progress reworking sections of markup
  3. Growing satisfaction that the app was becoming accessible to a broader audience
  4. The realisation that the codebase itself was actually better off for the process

In this post I’ll talk about the 3 things that I’ve done so far during this journey to an accessible Angular app: accessible icons, keyboard navigation and finally, ARIA support.

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Working With D3.js

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D3.js is a JavaScript library that is used to generate visualisations, usually based on sets of data. I have been using it on a dashboard project for the past month, and wanted to share some of my thoughts and impressions as a new user.

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Running Geospatial Queries with GeoTools

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Geospatial information analysis normally requires pretty complex calculations and transformations between different representation types.  The Google Maps APIs are a great tool because they hide all the complexity of these operations. However when the geospatial information that you need to analyse is not from Google Maps, things get more complicated.

Operations like finding polygons representing geographical places, or finding polygons that intercept other polygons, require a lot of time and intricate code to have any acceptable  solution.

At Shine we are working on a solution for a big telecommunication customer that requires being able to query large geospatial databases without degrading performance.

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Shine excellence recognised as Innovation Finalist in NAB Supplier Awards 2014

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Shine Technologies is proud to be acknowledged for excellence as one of three Finalists in the NAB Supplier Awards 2014, Innovation category.  This acknowledgement demonstrates Shine’s commitment to being a partner over being a vendor.

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Shine wins Computerworld Data+ Award!

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Shine is proud to have been awarded the Computerworld Data+ award for our work with Google BigQuery.  The innovative work is a great example of using great technology to deliver business benefit.  You can see the write up of the award here:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2598539/shine-technologies.html

Congratulations to the Shiners on the team: Luke, Pablo, Graham and Kon!

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Shiner Ben Teese to speak at YOW! Connected on Mobile Web Development

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Shine Senior Developer Ben Teese will be speaking at YOW! Connected next week.

Held in Melbourne, Australia on September 8 and 9, YOW! Connected covers both Mobile Development and The Internet of Things.

Ben’s talk topic is ‘The State of the Mobile Web’ and is scheduled for 3:30pm on Tuesday. It’ll include advice about when to go web and when to go native, best practices for mobile web development, and a discussion of hybrid mobile apps.

If you’re attending the conference and run into Ben, be sure to say Hi!

 

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