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Last Updated: 2020-09-13

Polly Presentation and links

August 22, 2020 - https://www.aligneddev.net

Polly Presentation and Links I had the honor of going to NDC Minneapolis in 2019. One of the many presentations I attended was about Polly, given by Carl Franklin (the pictures below are from his presentation slides) I recently gave a presentation of my own at an Omnitech Lunch and Learn. We had a lot of good questions and conversations, so there isn’t a lot of content. If you want to learn more about it, just watch Carl’s presentation. Read more about Polly Presentation and links

TFVC Command Line to Get Latest

July 15, 2020 - https://www.aligneddev.net

TFVC Command Line to Get Latest I was getting tired of right clicking in Visual Studio Source Control Explorer (using Team Foundation Version Control) before merging (see I like Git over TFVC and Trunk Based Development to know that I don’t think TFVC and branching is optimal), so I found that you can use the VS developer prompt, go to where you have your code (your TFVC mapped workspace) and type in Read more about TFVC Command Line to Get Latest

Cross-compiling Rust from ARM to x86-64

July 14, 2020 - https://burgers.io

It’s 2020. The world is abuzz with, well – waves hand – all this. But it’s also abuzz with ARM: Apple is moving their Mac line to Apple Silicon, Amazon has been been touting their Gravaton2-based infrastructure, Cloudflare is said to be going all ARM on their edge nodes, and the world’s fastest supercomputer is built on ARM. For a long time, I – and I think many others – held the idea that x86-64 is for heavy workloads and ARM is for the "little stuff" like embedded systems and Raspberry Pis. Read more about Cross-compiling Rust from ARM to x86-64

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

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