When I moved back to the Seattle area from Philadelphia I started riding a prominent Seattle commuter train several times a week. After the first few weeks of commuting I was surprised by how infrequently I saw Seattle ticket enforcement officers. I’ve always paid my fare (and plan to continue doing so because trains are awesome and I support public transit), but I started to wonder, if I were a perfectly rational, amoral decision maker and didn’t care about public transit would I still pay?

Photo of Seattle Light Rail

I’ve just released another serverlessfoo.com project - Ben Frankly: Benjamin Franklin’s Frank Opinions of You.

A screenshot of the Ben Frankly Project

After reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography I noticed how he has a knack for memorably describing people. So I parsed through the autobiography and compiled a selection of those descriptions into another Micro-API using the Serverless Framework.

I’m thrilled to announce that my latest Pluralsight course is here!

A photo of a course slide with the title and my headshot

In my new course, Using the Serverless Framework on AWS with Node.js, I’ve put together an introduction to the Serverless Framework that should be suited to anyone interested in learning more about serverless tools and technologies.

Twilio just published my article on building SMS notification applications with JavaScript and the Serverless Framework. Here’s a teaser:

Screenshot of post on Twilio's blog

Using Legecy Versions of the Hugo Static Site Generator

While upgrading Hugo (the static site generator I use to make this blog), I noticed a few errors surfacing: WARNING: calling IsSet with unsupported type "invalid" (<nil>) will always return false. After looking around for this I got a hit: Amusingly, a coworker had asked this question a few weeks earlier and discovered the error was related to deprecated functionality in a new version of Hugo that my current theme still relied on.