Andrew Hiles - Software Engineer in Belfast
Recent Posts

August 21, 2019

Killing Running Processes with NodeJS & NPM

Recently I was trying to use bash/terminal to kill a running process on my local machine. I’d been running a Python service that was hanging and wouldn’t stop so I knew it was going to take something a little more to free-up the port it was hogging. Like with most terminal commands, my memory drew a blank and I had...

June 22, 2019

Winning an AWS IoT Button

I recently won an AWS IoT Button through a competition in my work. I’m not 100% sure what I’ll do with it as yet but it seems like a pretty cool device and a really intuitive way for anyone to get involved with the internet of things. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that due to it being a Amazon...

June 19, 2019

Facing fears

After writing a post 6 months ago talking about how I wanted to blog once per week, I’ve realised that setting such a goal was ridiculous. Life gets busy and sometimes other priorities take precedent. Either way, I’m going to try and make a conscious effort to be more active in my writing here.

December 08, 2018

Done is better than perfect

I’ve owned my domain,, since 2013. It had always been my intention to create a website that would act as a personal journal where I could document my work, random thoughts and generally share articles on things I think others would benefit from knowing. However, shortly after I crafted my first incarnation of a holding page for the website,...