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Trying out AWS.Tools in Docker

February 4, 2020 -
If you’re a frequent user of the AWS Powershell tools, you’ve probably had this experience: you go to run a couple commands against your AWS environment. You do it all the time, so you know to type But out of force of habit you type And hit the tab key. Now you’re sitting and waiting for several minutes while Powershell loads all of the AWS modules for IAM, ECS, Cloudfront, S3, etc, etc, etc, even though you only want to interact with EC2.

Hosting is a Detail

January 30, 2020 -
Hosting is a detail Last summer, we read Clean Architecture by Bob Martin as a book club at Omnitech. We all learned a lot. I even co-presented at SD Code Camp about Clean Architecture with John Townsend. Uncle Bob showed us in his book that we need to isolate our Critical Business Rule Code from our Application Rule Code. Then we need to create another layer to isolate from the details such as the database, devices, web, UI and external interfaces.

AWS Lambda Functions with Modular Powershell

January 18, 2020 -
It’s been a while since AWS released support for running Powershell in Lambda Functions. Up until now all of the Lambda functions I’ve worked with have been either python or NodeJS, but we recently had a project that needed to update a database from inside of a deployment pipeline. We’re trying to retire an old admin box where users would run Powershell management scripts to do things like provision servers, configure customer accounts, etc.

My troubleshooting routine

January 4, 2020 -
This post is going to have fewer technical examples and be more about my troubleshooting methodology. The concepts I’m going to describe may seem rudimentary to some, intuitive to others, and eye opening to a few. I’ve watched enough junior engineers wrestle with solving vague problems I felt it was worth documenting my approach. When you’re a junior developer or a computer science it’s easy to get used curated problems — that is bugs or issues that are scoped for you and may come with some guidance toward a solution.

Hack Sioux Falls Final Projects (Fall 2019)

January 2, 2020 -
Eleven kids, ten meet-ups, one shorted board, a dozen blown LEDs, zero burnt finger, one story on KDLT, and two months of fun & creativity. That sums up our fourth Hack Sioux Falls project hosted by Code Bootcamp School. When I first launched this project last year, I had no idea what to expect orRead more

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Software Engineer

December 4, 2019 - Anchorage
Role Description: Build secure, resilient, and global infrastructure from the ground up! Review code across the entire stack and engineering organization while actively participating in product development. Find the right balance between progress (i.e. shipping quickly) and perfection (i.e. measuring twice). Foster an efficient deterministic testing culture, with an emphasis on minimizing tech debt and bureaucracy. Influence architecture/product roadmap - have a seat at the table. Collaborate cross-functionally with everyone.