Austin Spires

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  • The Guardian's Grid image management project

    The Guardian recently open sourced Grid, their image management system. The tool itself is incredibly powerful if you’re managing a large fleet of images or a large editorial team. It’s also built...

  • Pull cookie values without regular expressions

    Fastly shipped a pretty cool way to allow you to process cookies (and other headers) without using big ugly regular expressions. From a example Cookie value of loggedin=true; serviceValue=xyz; tes...

  • Deploy version-controlled Fastly configs from the command line

    If you version control your VCL files, the UK GDS team and @ajlanghorn released a cool new library for deploying your Fastly configurations from the command line:

  • Www and apex domains

    Continuing the discussion from How To Add Hit/Miss to Logging: How To Add Hit/Miss to Logging Thank you for the quick reply. As for requests, I have a related question. When I changed the dn...

  • Minimalist dashboard tool

    Beamly just recently released an at-a-glance dashboard tool designed to show the top level stats for all of their services on one page. If you’re actively working with lots of services, this tool i...

  • Fastly DMCA Process

    If you or your clients need to file a DMCA takedown or an abuse report regarding the misuse of the CDN, please email

  • Synthetic responses in VCL

    I'd like to start serving more static page and managing URL redirects through synthetic responses. Are there any guidelines for doing this that Fastly has learned over the years?

  • Recommendations for altering VCL hash?

    Are there any guidelines or best practices to keep in mind if I need to alter the Varnish hash for my service?

  • Tips for debugging VCL

    This stack overflow post has a great example on debugging VCL through varnishlog output. Is there a way to do something similar with Fastly’s logging tools, or through headers?

  • VCL Pipe heads up

    Just as a heads up when you’re writing your own VCL, we don’t allow vcl_pipe in customer uploaded VCL. The reason why: vcl_pipe opens a raw TCP socket in the network, and that’s not ideal when bui...