About

My name is Brandur Leach (@brandur). I'm an engineer at Stripe, and am interested in service engineering, APIs, Vim, Tmux, Ruby, Go, terminal productivity, running, fixed gear riding, history, urban design, and metal.

Articles

  • The Case For A Go Worker Pool

    Error handling and fragility; or why a worker pool belongs in Go's standard library.

  • Postgres Hacking

    The missing README for how to get started with Postgres development.

  • AWS Islands

    The case for a concerted effort to build a powerful, but streamlined, platform on AWS.

  • The Intrinsic Static Site

    Building a static site on AWS with a global CDN, free HTTPS with automatic certificate renewal, and a CI-based deployment process powered by GitHub pull requests.

  • Notes on Go

    Notes on the language after spending a few weeks building a large project in it.

Older articles are available here.

Stories

  • 4 A.M.

    On chasing the day's most productive hours. August 24, 2016

  • Ivy

    Stripe's new home in SOMA. August 24, 2016

  • Retina Check

    A CI trick for some accountability around retina assets. Set exclusion in Bash. August 22, 2016

  • The Cost of Manga

    At retail prices, catching up on One Piece would cost $8,200, and Fairy Tail $5,500. How would you get started without a library? August 8, 2016

  • The Steel Man

    The foil of the straw man; a healthy technique for debate. August 6, 2016

Older fragments are available here.