Dino Fizzotti

Engineer, maker, hacker, thinker, funner.

Jan 4, 2022 - 7 minute read - Comments - Kubernetes Go Software

SiteMapper Part 2: Distributed crawling using Kubernetes, NATS and Cassandra

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In Part 1 of this project series I created a stand-alone CLI tool written Go to build a sitemap of internal links for a given URL to a specified maximum depth. In Part 2 I describe I how achieved the same result of creating a sitemap, but by distributing the crawl activity using the Kubernetes API to schedule independent ephemeral crawl jobs for each link. I’m using NATS for pod-to-pod messaging and AstraDB (a managed Cassandra DB) for persistence. All of the application code is written in Go.

Jan 4, 2022 - 5 minute read - Comments - Software Go

SiteMapper Part 1: Exploring concurrency in Go

$ ./sm -s https://google.com | jq 
2021/12/31 14:57:26 Using mode: concurrent
2021/12/31 14:57:26 Crawling https://google.com with depth 1
2021/12/31 14:57:26 visiting URL https://google.com at depth 0 with parent https://google.com
2021/12/31 14:57:26 Elapsed milliseconds:  263
    "URL": "https://google.com",
    "Links": [

I’ve really been enjoying my journey in becoming more familiar with Go. One of Go’s strengths is its built-in concurrency primitives, namely goroutines and channels. I decided to practice my Go skills by building a tool which explores some of these features. SiteMapper accepts a root URL and a maximum depth, and then uses one of three modes of operation to crawl the site (synchronous, concurrent and concurrent-limited), building out a sitemap listing links to internal pages.

Part 1 of this project details the stand-alone CLI tool implementation written in Go. Part 2 details an implementation using Kubernetes, where site crawling is performed by ephemeral Kubernetes job pods.

Feb 7, 2021 - 11 minute read - Comments - Software Hardware PCB

FnRow v1: A configurable function-row-layout mechanical keyboard


FnRow is a mechanical keyboard I designed and built during the Christmas break. It features a single row of switches in the form of a “function row”. Each switch is configurable and can be programmed to perform as any key on a typical keyboard, or even combinations of key presses. FnRow is akin to a “macropad”, but instead of having a square or rectangular “pad”, the switches are stretched out in a single row. All my hardware and software source files are available on GitHub.

Apr 10, 2020 - 8 minute read - Comments - Raspberry Pi Software

Raspberry Pi Cluster Part 1: Provisioning with Ansible and temperature monitoring using Prometheus and Grafana

I decided to build a Raspberry Pi cluster to give me a platform with which I can practice distributed computing technologies without needing to rely on a cloud provider.

Dino's Pi Cluster

This first post details my hardware set-up as well as how I used Ansible to “remote control” the installation of monitoring software on each of the Pi hosts, with the goal to observe the Raspberry Pi CPU temperatures.