How to Add Caching to Your Website

In this blog post I will describe how you can dramatically improve the performance of your PHP CMS website that you’ve hosted at a webspace provider, in this case Hosteurope. To achieve this I’m using nginx, haproxy, varnish, s3 and Cloudfront CDN. A friend of mine is selling her designer brides dresses on her website […]

Why (not) pay for music?

Introduction For over a decade now the music industry is struggling. I don’t think that there is a single reason for that, but the rise of the internet certainly had the biggest impact on that negative trend in recent times. In the 21st century it is easier than ever to copy vast amounts of data […]

How to set up a basic HTTP API with Erlang in 10 Minutes

I have recorded a short screencast, demonstrating how easy it is to set up an Erlang application with a HTTP API using Test Driven Development. If you can’t see the embedded video go to vimeo directly: https://vimeo.com/59832641 Make sure you have a recent version of erlang and rebar installed when trying it yourself. Get Erlang […]

Web Typography

There is no reason nor excuse why websites should still get away with bad typography and therefore bad readability. Applying some basic rules and using proper fonts can yield a big improvement without much work. For me typography is about aesthetics and readability at the same time. It is a form of art as letters […]