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Jan 09, 2016
With the recent release of Visual Studio for Mac and Jetbrains Rider I’ve gotten the itch to explore the current state of the .NET ecosystem. Microsoft has made some bold strides in cross-platform compatibility and I was curious about the development experience. I was a .NET developer from the betas of Framework v1 to .NET 4. At that point I transitioned to MacOS (at the time OSX) and a variety of non-Microsoft languages and platforms.
At Earnest, we’re big fans of single sign-on (SSO). SSO is great because it provides a single set of authentication credentials to access multiple services. Administrators can easily assign (and take away) access to services and enhance security by requiring multi factor authentication challenges for services that don’t have such. If it’s a service someone at Earnest uses, we want it covered via SSO. We’re also avid users of Amazon Web Services.
I just rewrote our interest rate calculator. It distributes calculations across a cluster of servers. The codebase is 10 times larger but it’s sooo fast! Could I get a code review? — Scotty This is a fictitious email out of my bad dreams. (Yes, I dream of emails. I prefer that to dreams about debugging.) It’s not that I don’t love performance improvements or distributed systems — both are important and have their place.
Mar 10, 2015
One of the most difficult things about choosing where you work is getting a complete picture of what it‘s really like there. What are the people like? What are their values? What are the types of challenges they get to work on day to day? There’s only so much that a career page and job description can expose. In the past, I’ve learned the most about companies from talking to the people that work there.
Whenever I get a shiny new SSL certificate for a production hostname I can’t help but feel some anxiety. Does the certificate have the proper intermediate chain? Does the private key match the certificate? Are the SANs correct? With Google’s deprecation of SHA1 certificates I have several services that need to have certificates re-issued and replaced. This felt like a good time to setup a small process I could use to test these certificates prior to putting them on production.
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