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Corwin’s Tenth Law

Any sufficiently complicated distributed system program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Raft. With apologies to Philip Greenspun. Advertisements

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ORMs model databases, databases don’t model objects

I was discussing the merits of a couple different ways to abstract some data common to multiple models at work, and my coworkers asked some questions that forced me to articulate exactly why I have such strong opposition to things … Continue reading

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How To DDoS Your Own Website With Python

Have you ever thought, “huh, I wonder how easily I could DDoS myself despite all the hard work of library and framework authors?” In that case, have I got news for you! In the vein of Uses and Abuses Of … Continue reading

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Why Is No One Writing Language Runtimes?

A conversation with a coworker recently lead me to wonder why none of the innovation in writing software recently has been in terms of runtimes, or at least not pluggable ones.  Before I get into that in any detail, I’ll … Continue reading

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Programming Language Misfeatures With Little Comment

(An incomplete and unordered list) inheritance != === not in  from python .. and … (flip-flop operators) implicit type coercion (except arguably short -> long style) null case fallthroughs non-exhaustive case statements the switch/case construct in general lambda‘s restrictions in … Continue reading

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A Poem (of sorts)

Once upon a midday sunny, while I pondered nothing funny, Over many a quaint and curious man page of forgotten lore—     While I angered, nearly snapping, suddenly there came a bad ping, As if LVS was napping, napping though … Continue reading

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NIH, Developer Infantilization, and Motivations

I recently read about the new face of NIH syndrome, and after sharing and discussing it with some coworkers (Hi, John!) I had some thoughts about how NIH (or what Freeman calls NPF) comes to be, and what it means … Continue reading

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Users and Accounts in Swift

(This will eventually be published on the SwiftStack blog) Preface: I am a developer at SwiftStack, where we work with Swift, which is in this context an open source distributed object storage engine, not the Apple language of the same … Continue reading

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All Security Is Security Theatre

In light of the Ashley Madison leak, I wanted to tell, or perhaps remind, you that all security is bullshit. This applies to physical (e.g. home) security as well as digital security. The moral of this post will be: please … Continue reading

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Secure, But Not Encrypted

I’ve been going to the doctor a lot lately (knee problem, boring story), and I had to sign a consent-to-being-emailed form. On this form, which I regrettably forgot to nab a copy of to post here, it was explained to … Continue reading

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