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  1. Creating HSTS and Pre-load with Cloudflare

    Most people are familiar with HTTPS and the concept of secure websites. Securing websites become more and more common, which is a really good thing. Not only do we know that the data sent and received from the website is secure, but we also get a sense of knowing we will be alright. We expect that we get confidentiality, authenticity and integrity from modern websites. After all, we see sites every day with this:This is becoming more and more common, and according to Scott Helme almost 31% of the...
  2. Lessons Learned Writing Spring Boot Auto Configurations

    My team and I make heavy use of Spring Boot to build microservices that power our applications at our company. We've even gone so far as to write our own custom auto configurations to ease development. We package these auto configurations along with other goodies into what we call our platform.Recently, after releasing a new platform version, we encountered an issue where one of our microservices would fail to start at what appeared to be random intervals. After further digging, we noticed specifically...
  3. The Path is Null and Full of Squiggles

    I've been using Visual Studio 2017 since the earliest bits were available and I can confidently say, I'm a fan and highly recommend you give it a shot if you get a chance.With that being said, sometimes new features can cause things to blow up and this post is going to be discussing one of those such features, namely Lightweight Solution Load.Recently, I opened up a decently sized solution (~9 projects) and everything seemed in order. All of my dependencies were there, with no warning signs to be...
  4. Sharing is Caring: Using Shared Projects in ASP.NET

    As software developers, copy-pasting some code or a few files and having it in multiple places has always been smelly. There are several different avenues that you can take to avoid this kind of redundancy, but this post will focus on one that it seems isn’t talked about too often: Shared Projects.Prior to the introduction to Shared Projects, I’ll briefly go over why Shared Projects themselves were introduced, and how you might have accomplished similar behavior before their release.With the major...
  5. Spring Cloud and Netflix Ribbon: Client-side Load Balancing

    Eventually you'll reach a point where you need to run multiple instances of an application or a service for high availability or to manage increased load. That's what load balancers are for. There's generally two different types:What many people would call a "load balancer" is actually a server-side load balancer. It can be implemented in hardware or software. The traffic is sent to a dedicated service that decides where to send the traffic, using an algorithm like round-robin, to one of the...
  6. How to read and parse a CSV file using Node.JS

    I was recently asked by someone to give an example of how to read a csv file in their node.js application, and how to parse it to get it to be usable in their app. In fact what they wanted to do is very simple, and it is one of the many reasons I'm a big fan of Node.js, because not only can it do things like this in a few lines of JavaScript, it does it server side, and fast. So This article lays out step by step how to have node.js read and parse a CSV file stored in it's project, by using the CSV...
  7. How to debug Django web apps using chrome developer tools and Django Debug Panel

    Django is a great framework for developing fast web applications with python, and it can certainly save you a ton of time if you are using python.  It's one of my favorite frameworks that is around right now, and I think they do best at describing why right on their website. "Django, the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines"It's the framework that I choose if I need something up and running, yesterday, but I still want it to be something I would not be embarrassed that I'm the...
  8. Using response compression in ASP.NET Core 1.1

    Modern browsers support multiple compression schemes such as deflate and gzip. Using this nifty feature in your web application can contribute greatly to an improved overall user experience. In this article, we'll discuss response (gzip) compression, it's benefits and how to implement it in your ASP.NET core web application. Response compression is an effective way to improve the efficiency of any website. It helps reduce bandwidth use and dramatically speeds up your website's load time...
  9. An Introduction to R for Java Developers

    As a Software Engineer I'm always keeping up to date with technology and one of the things that helps me do that is book reviews. Right now, I'm reviewing The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics by Tilman M. Davies. R is a programming language used in statistical computing and has gained in popularity in the recent years due to the explosion of data and its applications like Machine Learning.
  10. The Power of PowerShell.. And the Shell..

    "What is the one technology I need to learn to get a job like the one you have?" - this is a question I've received from time to time, and my answer would vary, depending on who asked. Or rather; who I perceive the questioner to be - I cannot *know* for a fact what most suits his or her particular ambitions and style.. But in the last few years my answer, more often than not, has been "PowerShell"! Simply because I see it as one of the most important and game-changing technologies to come out of...
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