TEL Newsletter – October 2018

TEL Newsletter – October 2018

Shine’s TEL group was established in 2011, initially as a three-piece old-school-bebop Jazz combo but expanded to include a horn section during our worldwide tour of Iceland. We publicise the great technical work that Shine does, and raise the company’s profile as a technical thought-leader in the community through blogs, local meetup talks, conference presentations, and driving around shouting out of car windows. We curate all the noteworthy things that Shiners have been up to and publish a newsletter that nobody reads.


  • Ryan Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, wrote about using Upsource for code reviews. I find the most important part of a code review is the ceremonial inflatable comedy hammer used to beat best practices into developers.
    black claw hammer on brown wooden plank

    Don’t use this kind of hammer, you quickly run out of developers. Photo by Pixabay on

  • David Ensikat, current world record holder for the number of AWS certifications held by one person, wrote about using Sceptre for Cloud Formation.
  • Dheerendra Nath, Sydney’s foremost expert on Dheerendra Nath (ask him anything about himself, and he’ll have the answer – it’s uncanny), wrote about doing clever things with the gcloud command line tools.
  • Jiaqi Yin wrote about running a web crawler in a docker container. Jiaqi once beat Russell Crowe in an arm-wrestling match, but doesn’t like to talk about it. If confronted, he will convincingly deny all knowledge as if he has never heard this fact about himself.
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    According to Jiaqi and Russell, this never happened. Photos don’t lie, though. Photo by Gratisography on

  • Michael Leroy, whose name means “King of Michaels”, wrote about user permissions in AEM. As King of the Michaels he presides over the annual Michaelmas festivities and adjudicates legal disputes between the Mike and Mick clans.
  • Tanya Srinidhi wrote about Blobs in App Engine. In her spare time, she likes to ride her pet polar bear into battle.
    white polar bear on white snowy field near canal during daytime

    Tanya’s polar bear companion, Gerald, heeding her summons despite the inhospitable conditions in Australia for a polar bear. That’s loyalty. Photo by Pixabay on

Presentations & meetups:

  • Ben Teese (do not say his name out loud lest he be summoned) spoke at NDC Sydney about cross-platform React apps. He also spoke about building your own Graph QL server out of household waste, the souls of the damned, and wood glue.
  • Cliff Subagio presented his work on controlling Jenkins with voice commands at Jenkins World in San Francisco. Next year’s presentation will be on controlling Jenkins by leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on the fridge, classified adverts in local newspapers, and tarot cards.
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    Phase 3: controlling Jenkins by posting notices in back alleys. Photo by on

Upcoming things & other random news:

  • The GDG Cloud team are running a Cloud Devfest in Melbourne in November. Google experts will be talking about all sorts of GCP topics. Unfortunately, Shine’s Gareth Jones will also be talking, but tickets are only $10 so what do you expect? They’ve got to keep the costs down somehow, not all the speakers can be good at that sort of price. Don’t worry, none of the money goes to Gareth – so at least you can rest easy knowing you’re not contributing to his delusion that he’s a qualified developer.
1 Comment
  • Caroline Adal
    Posted at 09:27h, 12 October Reply

    these just get better and better each month …. Tanya and the polar bear my fave. Thanks Gareth.

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