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Last Updated: 2020-06-17

Blazor is here with .Net 5

June 17, 2020 - https://www.aligneddev.net

Blazor is here with .Net 5 If you’ve followed me or look back on my posts, you can see that I’ve done a lot of web/UI work. I’ve done jQuery. I enjoyed Silverlight. I then moved to KnockoutJs and was thankful for the data-binding. I’ve learned Angular and Aurelia, but haven’t used them much in production code. I’ve used Typescript on a large team and that has been very helpful. Read more about Blazor is here with .Net 5

Encouragement and Advice for New Software Engineers

May 31, 2020 - https://www.aligneddev.net

Pro tips for New Software Engineers Every year we have the pleasure of having interns start in the summer. Many of these have been hired full-time. I was thinking about things I have shared in the past or would like to share with them now, which prompted this article. Checkout my resources page. I have lot of podcasts, books and websites listed. Use my referral links to get the Brave browser, Arcadia power for clean energy and Coinbase to buy some crypto ;-) (hint, hint). Read more about Encouragement and Advice for New Software Engineers

Working With Existing Code

May 20, 2020 - https://www.aligneddev.net

Working With Existing Code I hope the code you work with is more like ravioli instead of spaghetti. I heard that from John Papa years ago. Most of the code we will work with is already existing. Let’s make it better as we work in it. "Indeed, the ratio of time spent reading versus writing is well over 10 to 1. We are constantly reading old code as part of the effort to write new code. Read more about Working With Existing Code

Public Cert Trust Stores in Ruby: What am I trusting and should I be? The internet is scary

April 11, 2020 - https://rollingwebsphere.home.blog/

When I was a senior in college (longer ago than I should admit to) I did a demonstration about sniffing user’s facebook traffic when they were using wifi at my college. At the time Facebook didn’t redirect HTTP -> HTTPS by default and most users were connecting over plaintext. Since then Facebook has switched to secure browsing by default, and most companies are encrypting traffic in transit whether it’s internal or external. Read more about Public Cert Trust Stores in Ruby: What am I trusting and should I be? The internet is scary

Hosting a User Group on Zoom (when it’s normally in person)

April 11, 2020 - https://rollingwebsphere.home.blog/

I’m not looking to add to the noise around using zoom to work remotely and connect with people during social distancing, but after spending some time on Google I couldn’t find a guide on how to do this. These are pretty much my own notes while I’m prepping to try and host a user group through zoom. Here’s my “minimal video call host check list” Let people know what they’re getting into (state that you’d like people to turn on video in the agenda, tell them what will happen during the meeting, ask for their patience while everyone gets used to the video chat)1. Read more about Hosting a User Group on Zoom (when it’s normally in person)

Tips and tricks for getting started in CDK (a.k.a. IaC is great! Daheck is typescript?)

March 9, 2020 - https://rollingwebsphere.home.blog/

I’ve been doing IaC in AWS for years now, primarily through Cloudformation and scripting languages like powershell and python. IaC is great, but these tools have some short comings like yaml being very verbose, and the powershell AWS SDKs not handling idem potency for you. Because of those short comings, I was very excited when AWS released AWS CDK a little over a year ago now. It cuts down on a lot of copying and pasting yaml files like you do in cloudformation, and gives you easier access to higher level language constructs like loops and if statements. Read more about Tips and tricks for getting started in CDK (a.k.a. IaC is great! Daheck is typescript?)

Learning a New Programming Language

February 24, 2020 - https://harmstyler.me

In the past year I left my position as a Web Developer to work as a Software Developer. Not only did I leave web development behind, the core languages I use every day changed. I switched from a primarily PHP/Javascript developer to a Python/C++ developer. Changing a tech stacks created a need for me to learn a lot about a new language very quickly, I’ve decided to write down some of what I learned. Read more about Learning a New Programming Language