Rowan Manning

Hi đź‘‹ I'm Rowan Manning, a Senior Engineer at the Financial Times. I used to maintain Pa11y and write about web development, nowadays I mostly alternate between playing D&D or Minecraft.

Weeknotes

  1. Week 174: Rocky

    A cat curled up on a bed in the evening, laying across my feet

    A week of party games, shouting at colleagues, cute visitors, future kittens, leaving drinks, many shandies, karaoke, and a couple of nice meals with friends. Read Week 174: Rocky.

  2. Week 173: Batata Harra

    Some pallid-looking heart-shaped potatoes that have just started being cooked

    A week of kitten news, excellent name choices, pancakes, cider, heart-shaped potatoes, trips to Leeds, winning boardgames, ChatGPT experimentation, and deepfakes. Read Week 173: Batata Harra.

  3. Week 172: Fizzy Lights

    Some electrical switches surrounded by slightly damp wood and a post-it note that's clearly seen some water recently

    A week of burst pipes, fizzing light fittings, trips to Brighton, mini-golf, rollercoasters, good food, magic incantations, and being unimpressed with LLMs so far. Read Week 172: Fizzy Lights.

Latest Posts

  1. Operational excellence: one year on

    A JSON-based error log containing app details (e.g. commit hash, name, Node.js version) and error information (e.g. message, code, stack trace, and related systems)

    A year ago we outlined some changes to the way we support FT.com. As well as giving an excellent overview of what our OpsCop team did, we set out some broad changes that we intended to make. Read about how FT.com support has changed over the year.

  2. Halving my GitHub Pages Build Time

    An explanation of how I halved my website's build/deploy process using a mix of actions optimisations and the new GitHub Pages Custom Actions beta. Read about the optimisations.