Votavi: Lessons learned.

Building Votavi and trying to make it a success has been a challenge. And although it hasn’t been the success I wanted, the experience and knowledge it gave me by doing this undertaking has been extremely positive. From idea to realisation has been a journey.  Why did Votavi not become a success. There are too […]

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Votavi is dead

We came to the conclusion that keeping Votavi running in a secure and cost effective way was no longer ideal. . So the decision has been made to the stop Votavi. I want to thank you very much for your interest in Votavi. All the data and content that is stored on the Votavi servers […]

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Votavi is live!

A project on which I have worked for a while now and through which I have learned so much is live. The idea of Votavi is simple, multiple choice questions which you can share and/or embed in a website or blog. So what makes Votavi special ? The attractiveness of choices by using content like […]

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The Votavi product

So, we had a lot of postings in this blog about the technical challenges for Votavi. But that is not what Votavi is about, the idea for Votavi started as an easy way for people to share questions with all kind of responses. And this led to the second thought about how to make such […]

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Kubernetes and DigitalOcean Blockstorage

UPDATE : This article is now obsolete. The preferred method of attaching Digital Ocean block storage to Kubernetes (since 1.11)  is via the CSI (Container Storage Interface). You can find the Digital Storage CSI driver here : https://github.com/digitalocean/csi-digitalocean   So I moved to DigitalOcean for hosting of the Votavi platform infrastructure. This will also be the […]

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MySQL Group replication check

Running MySQL in a Kubernetes environment means that as soon as the container is started the Service will start using it. With Group Replication enabled this means it will start using the instance while its still ‘recovering’ . So I made this little bash script which you can use as a Readiness probe. It checks […]

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Infrastructure for the project

I now have arrived at the moment I need an infrastructure for the production environment. As a technology for deployment I already decided on containerisation with Docker. This seems the most portable and manageable way to deploy and update the platform. I have been looking at hosting companies with Docker support, and although al lot […]

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