Posts List

Article Roundup - December 7, 2018

Simple and Easy Mentorship with a Mentoring Agreement At work, we have a concept called “Managing Consultant”. Everyone has one and they are basically your manager for everything other than money and discipline, they are there to help you with your career and help advise you. Basically a formal mentor. It’s something I’m interested in working towards and I think this type of agreement could be a helpful tool for establishing the right relationship and to keep things runnings smoothly.

Article Roundup - November 30, 2018

Cloud Diagrams & Notes This site has a cool collection of graphics and cheat sheets for different aspects of Amazon AWS. A lot of them look good enough to get them printed and hung up in an office. Letting Go Throughout a career, if you shift into positions with any leadership aspects, there is a shift that happens. It’s not just your work that matters. It’s the work of everyone around you that also starts to matter more.

Article Roundup - November 23, 2018

The State of JavaScript 2018 The 2018 State of JavaScript report has been released. I haven’t dug through the results but there are always interesting things to find. Currents: A Seasonal Report on Developer Trends in the Cloud DigitalOcean puts out a seasonal report on developer trends. This report coincided with their Hacktoberfest event and focuses on Open Source technology and how developers interact and contribute to it. Big List of Naughty Strings

Article Roundup - November 16, 2018

Simple Git Rebases I’m tooting my own horn here, but this is an article I wrote that I felt was especially helpful. Git rebases get a very bad wrap, but that is understandable with how destructive they can be if you don’t follow the rules. The important thing to remember is you can rebase your commits to your heart’s content if they have never been sent to your repository. In this article, I talk a bit about my use case, how I kept things straight, and all the steps I went through.

Article Roundup - November 09, 2018

Introducing reCAPTCHA v3: the new way to stop bots Google has announced their latest version of reCAPTCHA. This time it is an API that computes a score and lets you decide what to do based on that. From the looks of things, this new API takes advantage of the data that Google accumulates from across the web and from all the pages you add the reCAPTCHA v3 code to. It can provide a much better user experience, but it is also likely tracking your visitors.

Article Roundup - November 02, 2018

The Illustrated TLS Connection: Every Byte Explained Have you ever wanted to really understand TLS? I mean really understand it? TLS is used to secure connections on the web, so at least some understand can be very useful. This page has a detailed but easy to understand walkthrough of TLS 1.2. GitHub Actions GitHub announced Actions at GitHub Universe the other week. They seek to be an easy way to automate workflows on GitHub.

Article Roundup - October 26, 2018

MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ Modals can be a divisive subject when building applications. This site gives some different options and advice around the use of modals. Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation Announce Intent to Create Joint Organization to Support the Broad Node.js and JavaScript Communities The Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation announced their intention to merge, though they will not finalize anything until they have received feedback from the communities.

Article Roundup - October 19, 2018

What’s a senior engineer’s job? This is a nice opinion article talking about what is and isn’t a senior software engineer’s job. I do have to so that by far my favorite part of the article is that it links to a Twitter post showing Mozilla’s engineer career ladder. I wish more organizations had career progression and high-level expectations laid out like this. Announcing a Competition for Ethics in Computer Science, with up to $3.

Article Roundup - October 12, 2018

Kubernetes: The Surprisingly Affordable Platform for Personal Projects Kubernetes is an open-source container-orchestration system and has been getting more popular in the last several years. Amazon AWS finally make their managed Kubernetes service available this past June in spite of their own proprietary solution they had been sticking to. This article can serve as a gentle introduction into Kubernetes. There is a fair amount of handwaving, but with it and a bit of Googling you should be able to have whatever application you want up and running on a Kubernetes cluster before too long.

Article Roundup - October 5, 2018

Inside look at modern web browser This is the first of a four-part series (all four parts are out) that provides a view into the architecture of the Chrome browser with some graphics along the way. The series shows both how different things are broken down and separated in Chrome as well as why things were done that way. Deploy OpenFaaS and Kubernetes on DigitalOcean with Ansible OpenFaaS is a framework for executing serverless functions with Docker or Kubernetes.