Eddie Lau

Eddie Lau

CEO / Coder of F5 Works, been coding for over 14 years. Current focus are 1) offering consultancy to startup partners; 2) bringing latest technology to enterprise; 3) mentoring and training developers

Life of a Developer: Health issues

Prewords I have no doubt to call myself SUPER-CODE-AHOLICS. I code extremely long hours. However, there are lots of body alarms happening recently on myself and friends around me, which encourage myself to openly review what I have done all these years. Don't get me wrong ! It is not about complaining the employers or working environment I was...


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Retrospective: 2 years of F5 Works

YEAH !! F5 Works team just moved to new dedicated office ~ :muscle: Here is our new office address, come visit us: Flat T, 1O/F, Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong 觀塘毅力工業中心 10樓T Google Map Why this post ? Before we made this decision, we also took this chance to evaluate and plan ahead for near future...


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Issue during gem install pg with postgresapp on MacOSX

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Problem after you download postgresapp (http://postgresapp.com/), when you bundle install Rails app with pg gem, it will throw error saying cannot find pg_config Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension. current directory: /Users/eddielau/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.5.1/gems/pg-0.21.0/ext /Users/eddielau/.rvm/rubies/ruby-2.5.1/bin/...


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Write readable email

Hi all, wanna share few tips on writing readable email. 1) specify your intention in first line. 2) group your message points into paragraphs. have max. 5 points per email. list actions you want the recipients to do at the end of each paragraph. 3) use double line feed to separate points. 4) one sentence per line. this...


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Retrospective: F5 Works history and future

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There were regular meetings reviewing the past and discussing the future. Sales and marketing, financial situation, development project status, staff satisfaction, client satisfaction, etc. However, something's different recently. We had many bigger and deeper discussions since we are at the pivotal point of the business: 1st year anniversary. Retrospective It is almost one year since we started F5...


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創科生活基金-重點

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香港創科局剛推出新創科資助基金計劃,資助金額可達總開支的90%或港幣500萬元。 以下抽取左其中比較重要既資訊,等大家可以用最少時間去研究你既創科項目適唔適合。 仲有大家最關心既Paperwork究竟有幾多。 資料來源:http://www.itb.gov.hk/tc/fbl/faqs.htm 什麼類型的項目可獲得基金資助? 項目必須能令市民大眾或特殊社群受惠,並配合政府政策 項目必須為創新應用科技 基金資助不同項目主題,例如有關日常生活、教育、環境、健康、安全、交通等,令社會受惠 項目成果可以是不同形式,包括流動應用程式、產品、裝置、設備、工具、服務、軟件,或具充分理由的任何其他形式 項目在資助期內不牟利 項目必須主要在香港境內開發 誰合資格申請基金? 接受社會福利署資助的非政府機構。 《防止賄賂條例》(第201章)第2條界定的公共機構。政府決策局/部門、行政會議及立法會除外。相關資料請瀏覽第201章之附表1 專業團體 工商組織 資助款額有多少? 每個獲批項目的資助上限為項目合資格總開支的90%或港幣500萬元,以較低款額為準。 對項目運作期有沒有限制? 申請機構必須在12個月內完成開發及推出項目,並最少連續營運該項目兩年(屬一次性的項目除外)...


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Software Development Quotation Process and Project Proposal

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Before software consultancy project starts, there are lots of discussion and documentation needed. Among those, project proposal (or say quotation) is the most difficult one to produce. Project proposal is the agreement between vendor (i.e. F5 Works) and clients on software deliverable service deliverable how much does it cost how long does it take other terms and...


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Rant: Quotation Enquiries (a.k.a. Life as a consultant)

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We have been doing software consultancy for ages and project quotation requests are received everyday. However, the following enquiry conversation keeps happening again and again. Life as a consultant These are the two most common enquiry emails we got: how much does it cost to build a website ? how much does it cost to build an apps ? I...


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Best Practices: Manage database schema changes with Database Migration (and version control)

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When you develop software with a SQL database, there are code changes that requires database changes as well. It could be database schema changes (e.g. adding a new column) or data fixes (e.g. changing all existing user phone number format). While it is common to use version control to manage code changes, there still many development...


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We hire non Computer Science graduates (and non university graduates too)

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[Update: 11 May 2017] my friend Joshua posted a valuable comment after reading my blog post. so, instead of include the points in my original post, I think it is better to enclose at the end for everyone to read as well. thanks Joshua ! F5 Works (and 42 Labs, my previous company) hire non Computer Science graduates (and...


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