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How to build a telegram bot using Node.js and Now

Serverless deployment, the intriguing topic grabbing a lot of attention from rookies and veterans alike in the tech ecosystem is finally here. In this article we’ll be taking a practical approach to serverless deployment, also referred to as FaaS (Function as a Service). Serverless architecture, simply put is a way to build and run applications and services without managing server in infrastructure. Practical approach? We’ll be building a telegram weather bot using node.js, which will…

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npm vs Yarn 2018 Comparison

  Developers are usually caught in a dilemma when choosing between package managers to use in building and managing project dependencies. Two popular package managers in the ecosystem are NPM (Node package manager) and Yarn (package manager created by Facebook). We’ll be looking at these package managers side by side considering the following features: Performance Security Support Ease of use At the end of this article, you’ll be able to decide which package manager to…

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The Payments Landscape in Africa and the Untapped Possibilities

The payments landscape in Africa is filled with nuances, gaps, and opportunities. Here is a chat Diana and I had about payments in Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGnZ8G3QT0w Is Africa becoming home to a dynamic tech sector? The answer is yes. As Africa’s economy and tech space continues to grow, people call for more opportunities to reach their ultimate potential. That said, our lead Payments/Airtime Product Manager Diana Wanjuhi and Sales Engineer in Nigeria Stephen Afam-Osemene discuss all…

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Building Scalable Web Services in Golang

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  One of the very intrinsic aspects of the language is its insistence on doing things the “right” way. From the way golang projects are structured to the strictness in linting and documentation, every single aspect of Golang, done right, is delightfully intuitive and ergonomic. Source: Building Scalable Web Services in Golang – Myntra Engineering – Medium The above post has some very good points about building web services in Go. Here is one of mine. Configuration…

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My Investment Philosophy

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An investment leverages knowledge and money that you currently own to generate even more money. This can become a steady recurring income where we try to take a chunk of money an spread it into a recurring stream. An ideal investment should not require a lot of time. Beyond the initial research and set up, an investment should be able to run with little supervision and produce returns. The things in this article are my ideas…

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Understanding Docker Containers

Docker container

In a previous article, we talked about Docker images but we could only use a small section to talk about Docker containers. Now, let’s go deeper. Docker Containers A Docker container is created from a Docker image. If a Docker image is a recipe, think of the Docker container as the dish that is prepared A container image is a lightweight, stand-alone, executable package of a piece of software that includes everything needed to run…

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Working Effectively with Docker Images

Docker Images

Docker is a wonderful tool for many things. A few of them are; As a version control system for your entire app’s operating system by storing each configuration as a central build. To distribute/collaborate our app’s operating system with our team. To run your code on your laptop in the same environment as you have on your server. We are going to explore Docker images. Why we should use them, and how to go about…

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How to Add Google’s Two Factor Authentication to Laravel

Two factor authentication (2FA) strengthens access security by requiring two methods (also referred to as factors) to verify your identity. Two factor authentication protects against phishing, social engineering and password brute force attacks and secures your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add two factor authentication to our Laravel application. We’ll be using Google Authenticator and implementing the Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) algorithm…

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Using Laravel Mix with Webpack for All Your Assets

Laravel Mix provides a fluent API for defining Webpack build steps for your application using several common CSS and JavaScript pre-processors. The lovely creators of Laravel Mix, put in the common webpack configurations and you can add more custom configurations if you wish. This is especially wonderful for people that want to use webpack, but feel like configuring webpack is too difficult. Or maybe they wanted to use ES2016 but saw some complicated article about…

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The stages of learning, and their problems

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I strongly believe in my ability to learn, and that is my greatest asset. The times we live in mean that most of what we know now will soon be useless, and only those that can learn new things will remain useful. The times we live in mean that most of what we know now will soon be useless, and only those that can learn new things will remain useful. Most of the techniques I…

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