Dan Brown

Hairy geeky coder-type, so I'm obviously totally unique. I like interesting, expressive programming languages, modelling real-world data, and putting together big-ish systems. My fascination with complex systems extends into music, nature, and sometimes some very inexpert linguistics. The world is cool.

A little tooling goes a long way

This isn't a post about a revolutionary new way of thinking about managing servers. The code and techniques we've been playing with are well-worn paths really, but I think there's an interesting point in here for companies like us. We develop web applications and run them for a relatively short time before handing them back to clients. We aren't focussed on long-term corralling of thousands of servers of different operating systems, and it seems to me that's what many server management tools are interested in.