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Hello, My name is Amit - I am interested in programming, software tools, systems and infrastructure. A lot of what I explore in software makes it to my blog posts, articles, books, talks and GitHub repositories. If you would like to get an email everytime I write something new, please subscribe to my newsletter. You can contact me via email, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

Blog posts

My post recent posts are below. So far, I have written about C, Fedora, Golang, Infrastructure, Python and various others.

Hard Links and Soft/Symbolic Links on Linux

Much has been written (and asked) on the topic of hard links and soft links (a.k.a symbolic links) on Linux. I have read a few of those more than once. However, I end up getting confused between the two, specifically the differences between the two. So, here's my …


Let's Encrypt, GoDadday DNS and IIS server

I wanted to create a new SSL certificate for IIS hosted ASP.NET framework application. The key data that may make this post relevant to you are:

  • Let's Encrypt Challenge mode: DNS TXT record
  • DNS provider: GoDaddy
  • Target web server: IIS
  • Target operating system: Windows
  • Local operating environment/system: Linux …

Fedora Scientific Vagrant boxes are here!

Fedora Scientific brings together the most useful open source scientific and numerical tools atop the goodness of the KDE desktop environment. From the beginning, our focus has been to provide scientists, engineers and programmers in numerical/scientific computing a Linux distribution which has most of the tools that they would …


On sane defaults in sofware tools

My task at hand was simple. Build a Docker image of a ASP.NET application (full framework) hosted in IIS on a build host (host1) and move it to a deployment host (host2) and run it. This is a story of how I spent close to two full working days …


AWS VPC subnets and Internet connectivity over IPv4

We can have two kinds of subnets inside a AWS VPC - private and public. A public subnet is one which is attached to an Internet Gateway. This essentially adds a routing table entry to the subnet's routing table sending all Internet traffic to an Internet Gateway. On the other hand …


flyway baseline: Introducing flyway migrations into existing database

If you are trying to introduce flyway to an existing database with the schemas and tables already created, you may find flyway baseline command useful.

Let's say you already have the migration scripts written, or perhaps dumped out of your existing DB setup, and they are:

V1__foo.sql
V2__foo_new.sql …

Git: Staging partial changes in a file

Let's say you have made a few changes to a file and only want to stage only some of those changes for commit. You may want to do so either to create a nice commit history or may be you just want to discard some of the changes. Either way …


Building Fedora Vagrant boxes for VirtualBox using Packer

In a previous post, I shared that we are going to have Fedora Scientific Vagrant boxes with the upcoming Fedora 29 release. Few weeks back, I wanted to try out a more recent build to script some of the testing I do on Fedora Scientific boxes to make sure that …


flyway, SQL server and non-empty schema?

While attempting to use flyway for SQL server schema migrations, I was consistently getting an error of the form Found non-empty schema xxx ithout metadata table! Use init() or set initOnMigrate to true to initialize the metadata table.. Okay, so easy - let me just delete the tables, drop the schema …


Examples of consuming data in Golang templates

While working on creating a template file for a Golang project, I wanted to better understand how to work with data in Golang templates as available via the html/template package. In this post, I discuss a few use cases that may arise.

Accessing a variable

Let's consider our first …

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