On writing

Since last couple of years, writing has fascinated me. I became interested in writing as I started spending more time reading books. I have read more books in last couple of years than I have read in my entire life. Good books make you think, question, and become more self-aware.

Stephen King, an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy once said

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. Simple as that.

I think writing is the natural side effect of reading.

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The fool’s life is empty….

The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the futureEpicurus

Most of us these days are obsessed with our future. In future we want to be our own boss, we want to run our own company, travel the world, become a millionaire, and so on. We are being sold the dream that life will become meaningful if we become our own boss. What this usually leads to is unsatisfied today. Our blind desires stop us from contributing to our current work in the most complete form. We make compromises in terms of quality and focus in our current jobs. This means we loose out on the training for the better future tomorrow. I think this trend is making us incompetent and we will never be better prepared to make a real difference in future. We should show gratitude and contentment in our existing job. This will give us internal peace and help us prepare for better future tomorrow.

Configuring Spring Cache Manager with AWS ElastiCache Redis (cluster mode disabled) and Lettuce

We have Spring Boot 2 application that uses Redis as the cache manager. We deploy our application on Amazon AWS where we use AWS ElastiCache Redis service in cluster mode disabled. Our setup includes a Redis master with two Redis slaves. The default Java client for Redis with spring-boot-starter-data-redis dependency is lettuce-core. When you are working with single Redis node with no slaves, using AWS Elastic Cache Redis is as simple as providing the spring.redis.url with the value of AWS ElastiCache Redis instance URL. This was the set up that we were using till a month back. As the load on the system increased we decided to use ElastiCache Redis in replicated setup to scale our reads. In AWS, Redis implements replication in two ways:

  1. With a single shard that contains all of the cluster’s data in each node – Redis (cluster mode disabled)
  2. With data partitioned across up to 15 shards — Redis (cluster mode enabled)

In our case, cached data is less than 1 GB so it fits in RAM of single node. This made us choose cluster mode disabled setup.

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One day is equal to every day

One day is equal to every day.

I came across this quote while reading a random article on the web. Since then I am thinking what could it possibly mean.  One meaning of the quote could be that all days are equal in terms of number of hours. So, in effect every day is equal in number of hours to every other day. But, this meaning does not satisfy my inner self. I believe the quote has much more profound meaning. The meaning that I derive from the quote is that the way we live one day of our life determines rest of our days as well. As I wrote in an earlier post, a single day is like a mini-life. Each day we are born (wake up in morning), live life (do daily job), and die (sleep). To understand the value system of a person, you don’t have to spend years with them. Their one day actions are enough to give you idea how they behave every other day. Most people don’t drastically change over time unless they do regular self-introspection.