Hi there!

My name is Rukshan, a wonderer, blogger, occasional coder and a health informatics guy.

I’m Rukshan Ranatunge, currently following my Master’s of Science degree in the field of Biomedical Informatics. I’m interested in digital health systems and achieving interoperability between digital health systems.

This is the place where I write about my musings in my everyday life, tutorials, adventures and misadventures, hot takes and everything in between. If you find my writing helpful, please leave a comment.

Latest musings

  • Suggest me a password

    Recently this post making rounds on some of the dev community groups which I’m a part of on Facebook. These are the rules of a banking website when we are to create a new account or change our passwords. And this is the most weirdest set of password rules that I have ever seen, and…

  • Run GraphQL server with Express in NuxtJS

    Since I use Vue for almost all of my projects, if I’m making an application that requires routing and server side rendering (for SEO), I use NuxtJS. NuxtJS is a framework where you can create a server side rendering app using VueJs. One of the things people struggle with NuxtJS is how to use an…

  • The value of targeted advertising

    This post will might be the post that will roast me the most. But before triggering your fingers just by reading the title I would like everyone to read my post, and read my argument before jumping in to conclusions. As developers, techies we all hate ads but… Yes, developers like you and me love…

  • Do you believe in fail fast and fail quickly?

    The first month of 2021 is a bad month to begin with, I always say to myself that we need to fail fast and fail quickly, but failing is not a pleasant experience. In November we started developing a health information management system (HIMS) for a laboratory service. Which will computerise their already paper based…

  • Why I switched to WordPress

    Recently I read a post which said that the White House official website will be now powered by WordPress. I was playing with a static site generator called Hexo, I even created my own theme for it, before I switched to WordPress. Static site generators are hard Yes, playing with a static site generator is…

  • Have you ever tried blocking WhatsApp from your router?

    In a previous post I wrote that I live in a part of the world that does not provide unlimited internet. This means data is valuable, and if I run out of data, I have to pay a premium amount to activate a data add-on which can be quite expensive. There is one router at…

  • Who is sending these mysterious 2FA codes?

    I read a recent post titled “That’s not how 2FA works”, it was an interesting read. This is my own experience of seeing some usual 2FA SMS sent to thousands of users, by an unknown entity. Most of my Facebook friends are getting OTP codes from privately owned numbers, saying that it’s their OTP code.…

  • Too much hustling can kill you

    When you are young, you feel like you’re invincible. You feel as if you’re on a road to wold domination. You work for 18-20 hours a day, as told to you by the hustle culture. You don’t eat healthy food, you don’t exercise, you don’t take a time off, you don’t care about your loved…

  • What‘s the use of LinkedIn?

    My linked in profile is the first search result that appears if I searched my name. Not my Twitter, Instagram or my blogs. Because those are the places I usually hangout in public, not LinkedIn. My LinkedIn profile is pretty much deserted, after I have visited every place and there is nothing new for me…

  • Why teaching programming is so difficult?

    Like I said in one of my previous posts, I just started my first semester in my MSc in health informatics. And the first semester has a module for object oriented programming. Some history I was lucky to learn computers since I was 10 years old, even though computers were mostly used in offices and…

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My Work

National Covid Health Information System

I helped in development and implementation of the National Covid Health Information System

FHIR Implementation

I’m currently engaged in implementing FHIR standards for the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka and achieve interoperability in healthcare.

Sri Lankan Open Data Portal for Health

I’m currently designing and developing the Open Data Portal for Health In Sri Lanka as part of my Master’s thesis.