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Compliance-Driven Development or the Story Behind Swiftype’s SOC2 Certification

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:06:31 +0000

This article has been originally posted on Swiftype Engineering blog. Based on my experience, just a decade ago not many people within the Silicon Valley startup community considered compliance an important stepping stone in a company’s development roadmap. And when it came to compliance for startups, it was nearly synonymous with PCI/DSS — mandatory certification […]

My Favourite Books in 2017

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:09:34 +0000

Following the very ambitious and successful 2016 challenge, I have decided to keep the goal at the same level of 36 books for 2017 to prove to myself that it is sustainable and wasn’t a one-off success. Surprising myself, I have crushed the goal and finished 39 books this year. Below is summary of the best […]

My Favourite Books in 2016

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:28:14 +0000

I’ve planned to read 36 books in 2016 and managed to hit that number a few hours before the NY! The best of those 36 books are listed below. Business, Management and Leadership Considering the new role I’ve started in January 2016 (first-time CTO of a growing startup company), my reading last year was heavily […]

DbCharmer Development: I Give Up

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:17:50 +0000

About 6 years ago (feels like an eternity in Rails world) working at Scribd I’ve started working on porting our codebase from some old version or Rails to a slightly newer one. That’s when I realized, that there wasn’t a ruby gem to help us manage MySQL connections for our vertically sharded databases (different models […]

Interesting Resources for Technical Operations Engineers

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:15:57 +0000

As a leader of a technical operations team I often have to work on technical operations engineer hiring. This process involves a lot of interviews with candidates and during those interviews along with many challenging practical questions I really love to ask questions like “What are the most important resources you think an Operations Engineer […]

Join Me at Swiftype!

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:10:57 +0000

As you may have heard, last January I have joined Swiftype – an early stage startup focused on changing local site search for the better. It has been a blast for the past 8 months, we have done a lot of interesting things to make our infrastructure more stable and performant, immensely increased visibility into […]

Adding Custom Hive SerDe and UDF Libraries to Cloudera Hadoop 4.3

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 01:35:59 +0000

Yet another small note about Cloudera Hadoop Distribution 4.3. This time I needed to deploy some custom JAR files to our Hive cluster so that we wouldn’t need to do “ADD JAR” commands in every Hive job (especially useful when using HiveServer API). Here is the process of adding a custom SerDE or a UDF […]

MySQL Monitoring With Cacti Using Percona Monitoring Plugins (1-minute resolution)

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:37:51 +0000

Today, just like many times before, I needed to configure a monitoring server for MySQL using Cacti and awesome Percona Monitoring Templates. The only difference was that this time I wanted to get it to run with 1 min resolution (using ganglia and graphite, both with 10 sec resolution, for all the rest of our […]

Adding LZO Support to Cloudera Hadoop Distribution 4.3

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:04:56 +0000

Just a short note to myself and others who need to add LZO support for CDH 4.3. First of all, you need to build hadoop-lzo. Since CDH 4.3 uses hadoop 2.0, most of the forks of hadoop-lzo project fail to compile against new libraries. After some digging I’ve found the original twitter hadoop-lzo branch to […]

New Chapter: Swiftype

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:49:39 +0000

So, after a few weeks of looking for a new job I’m really excited to start my journey in a young, but very ambitious startup called Swiftype which is focused on developing a technology for private site search, that could be used on everything from small blogs to large product sites. The company is growing […]