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By Santa's great dangly baubles, it's been twelve whole months since the last TEL newsletter. It's a wonder that the TEL group, who exist to publicise the great technical work that the people of Shine Solutions do, don't just fire that guy that writes these posts. Or doesn't write them, more accurately. Saddle up the reindeer, we've got a lot to cover - including finding out if you can actually saddle a reindeer.

This is the story of an investigation that I was recently involved in at a client. It took over a week to resolve, involved networking acronyms that seemed to increase in length each day (MTU...ICMP...PMTUD?!), and wound up with us learning all about the rather scary-sounding phenomenon of black-hole connections.
"Move fast and break things" - an oft-cited Mark Zuckerberg quote - is seen as the catchcry of modern software deployment practises. To be competitive in fast-moving industries where software is central to a companies success, developers and software engineers have had to find ways to push their software faster, while at the same time de-risking the process of doing so.

A couple of weeks ago I attended ComponentsConf 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. This conference focuses on JavaScript frameworks and libraries, and I was pretty excited to attend it. This is because over the last year I have been working on a component library to be shared across a number of projects. It needs to work in everything from Drupal to Angular, and we're still trying to find the best foundation to build it on. A conference that is framework-agnostic seemed like a good place to learn more about the options that are available.