I'm Matt Bidewell
A software engineer in London 👨💻
Vibe check №1
Inspired by Matt Gaunt-Seo's Vibe check series, I've decided to start my own. The purpose is to get into a habit of reflection and writing, which conveniently go hand in hand.
Life at Government Digital Services (GDS) is good. My primary focus is in the space of Digitial Identity.
I organise the monthly #NodeJS Community Meetup, where we talk about all things NodeJS.
It's good experience to see how a large team like GDS uses NodeJS and as we introduce it to more backend areas, how can we improve and help each other.
One philosophy I love here is that we code in the open. Everything we have worked on is located at the GDS Github account.
I'm getting my hands dirty in the event-driven, serverless world as well.
The AWS SAM CLI is great and using it in conjunction with a monorepo to deploy serverless architecture is a breeze.
A great person to follow in this space is Paul Johnston.
Tip when using the SAM CLI to build the code you should not use the
sam buildwill generate a new template file in the
.aws-samdirectory which is then the default location for future commands.
Came across a render issue with Webkit based browsers and raised a bug with Apple
Re-finding my love for running. It's therapeutic to just go for a run it's almost like clearing out a memory cache.
I'm back to recording my runs back in Strava.
From the webs 🌍
- A list of 100k most used passwords - Ever thought to yourself what weird passwords are commonly used, here's a list.
- Random accessible colour pairs generator - Useful if you're designing a site and want to get a pair of colours that are accessible.
- SHA-256 what? - Beautiful site that details step by step what happens when you SHA256 a string.
TV shows 📺
Loved it. The execution of the overall plot was great, I look forward to the future of the Marvel world if this continues.
Rings of Power
I was addicted to this from the start. As a massive fan of Tolkien's works, I entered this with a sceptical eye. But after the first few episodes, I loved it. The world-building is exactly what I've been missing from my life at the moment.
I never got around to watching this initially, but over the past few months I've been catching up with one or two episodes a week. It's amazing. The chemistry between Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer is incredible.
This has been the best NodeJS content book I've read so far and I've read a fair few.
I find investigative journalism in the tech world interesting, especially around cybercrime from state actors. If that sounds interesting then check out Count down to zero day by Kim Zetter