The week commencing Monday 15th May 2023 saw the start of Manchester Tech Week and over the 17th and 18th May is DTX Manchester. DTX, or Digital Transformation eXpo brings demos, talks, experiences and exhibitors to Manchester (Manchester Central) so that various people (both technical and non-technical) can come together. This helps to see what's … Continue reading GeekTechStuff Heads To DTX Manchester 2023!
Web Security – OWASP ZAP
I have got my Flask (Python) web application live and being deployed via CI/CD, and I have reports on my code coverage so that I know where code testing needs improving. However, this is not a moment to relax as up next is security testing. Note: This blog post discusses security tooling which should not … Continue reading Web Security – OWASP ZAP
Free BBC micro:bits For UK Primary Schools
The BBC micro:bit is small pocket sized computer to help with learning about coding and electronics. The micro:bit is a fun way to learn (even for adults) and the BBC is offering a set of 30 micro:bits to UK primary schools for use with 8 to 11 year olds. The current application period is open … Continue reading Free BBC micro:bits For UK Primary Schools
Personal Update: May 2023, Contemporary Issues in Digital Technology
As National Apprenticeship Week 2023 started back at the beginning of February I wrote a brief blog post where I mentioned the start of the Contemporary Issues in Digital Technology for my degree apprenticeship. The module has now been completed, so a good chance for me to reflect a little. Critical Writing vs Descriptive Writing … Continue reading Personal Update: May 2023, Contemporary Issues in Digital Technology
Flask and SQLAlchemy: Connecting To MySQL (Python / Notes)
For my assets web app, written in Flask (Python) I have separated the app and the database into separate instances. This allows me to update the app and its dependencies without impacting the database and its dependencies, or vice-versa. The database could be one of many as I'm using SQLAlchemy to handle the connectivity between … Continue reading Flask and SQLAlchemy: Connecting To MySQL (Python / Notes)
Continuous Deployment, Continuous Delivery – The CD of CI/CD (GitHub / Python / DevOps)
In this blog post I take my Flask (Python) web application and deployment to Microsoft Azure, and instead of doing it manually I do it via a CI/CD. I've previously discussed Continuous Integration (CI) in blog posts around CI, GitHub actions and recently Code Coverage. The CD of CI/CD can stand for Continuous Deployment or … Continue reading Continuous Deployment, Continuous Delivery – The CD of CI/CD (GitHub / Python / DevOps)
Code Coverage (Python / DevOps)
Testing is important, especially in Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) environments, as it gives some reassurance that a code commit has not broken anything. But what happens if you are unsure how much of your project is covered by tests? Code Coverage Code coverage monitors tests as they run and checks which parts of … Continue reading Code Coverage (Python / DevOps)
Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) Certification
Studying for my degree apprenticeship uses up a lot of my spare time (i.e. my time outside of work) and concentration, so I've put most qualification / technology pathways on hold or at least maintained a slow attempt at them. Happy to say that I attempted and passed the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) certification today.
Digital Inclusion, Volunteering and Linux!
With artificial intelligence (AI) dominating the media this week, and the media's comparisons between it and other technologies that changed the world (e.g. the printing press) it isn’t hard to miss that we are firmly in a revolution. The digital revolution began in the late 20th century and has seen the move from analog to … Continue reading Digital Inclusion, Volunteering and Linux!
Do Until (BASH)
I'm currently running GitLab in a Docker container and wanted a little Bash script to let me know when the container is healthy (e.g. ready) after reboot. The script uses an until command to ask Docker to list the containers, looking for the word 'Healthy' and until the word is found it outputs that it … Continue reading Do Until (BASH)
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