Pin exact dependency versions

Buckle up, for some of you this may be controversial, but maybe for some others – obvious. This is how to prevent a problem causing your application to out of the sudden stop behaving correctly, or, even more funny, stop behaving correctly only on one developer’s computer. We can solve this with one two simple tricks.

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My AWS toolbox – tools, plugins and applications

Developers, like all specialists, discover and collect their favorite tools over time. Having a good, proven set of tools makes the work easier and more pleasant. We can focus on getting the job done. Sometimes eliminating minor inconveniences or improving a small element of everyday activity makes the greatest impact on the comfort of work.

It’s not always easy to find the best tools. There is a wide choice. More importantly, everyone has different habits and preferences. The best way is to test them yourself and see what suits you.

To help a little bit with that, here I present a collection of my AWS tools. These are applications, plugins, and extensions that I use in my daily work with AWS.

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Command line arguments anatomy explained with examples

Many of the scripts and executables allow providing some command line arguments. They may be required or optional. There are flags, that are just switches changing command behavior. There are, of course, arguments with values. And there are so-called positional arguments – parameters given in some order without any extra indications.

In this post, I analyze the anatomy of CLI arguments and point out how to read them in our own application.

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Speed up everyday work with handy Git aliases

Git allows us to define aliases, which are basically our own commands we can use. They may be just a calls for other commands with parameters, or even shell scripts. Possibilities are unlimited.

Do you ever google for this Git command you forgot every time? Often execute several commands one by one, every time in the same combination for a final effect? Or saw a really nice Git command on the internet, but with way too more flags to use it in a real-life? Git aliases are the solution.

Here I will show Git aliases that I use in everyday work. With explanation.

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Git fast-forward merge – why you should turn it off

Git is a standard version control tool. You should definitely use it even for small personal projects. And when it comes to any teamwork, it’s mandatory.

Unfortunately, with default Git configuration we will not always see our work history true. Here we will investigate what is Git fast-forward merge mode behavior, how does it affect repository history, and why one should think about disabling it.

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