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The Problem with Promises and Domains

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:13:36 +0000

What are domains? How restify uses domains People have been having problems using Promises with restify And people have been having problems with Promises and domains in node for a long time Maybe it will be resolved in node v8.x In the meantime, one "solution" (a/k/a work-around, a/k/a hack) is to swap out the native Promise … Continue reading The Problem with Promises and Domains

Pull Requests: Assign or Request Review?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:51:39 +0000

If you're feeling confused about GitHub's new review requests feature (as opposed to the existing ability to assign people to issues and pull requests) here's my take. When review requests were first rolled out, they were not very useful because there was no way to see a list of pull requests you had been requested to review. … Continue reading Pull Requests: Assign or Request Review?

So You Want To Keep Your Cookies Secure

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 03:22:23 +0000

At Social Tables, we have this Koa app that needs to read and set a session cookie. We don't want to send that cookie over an unencrypted connection, though. We use koa-generic-session for session management. That library uses the cookies library under-the-hood, and luckily, there's a simple configuration option to avoid sending cookies over an … Continue reading So You Want To Keep Your Cookies Secure

Link Dump - Node Security

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:06:49 +0000

A Malicious Module on npm The npm Meltdown Uncovers Serious Security Risks Package install scripts vulnerability Is Guy Fieri in Your Node Packages? Controlling the Node security risk of npm dependencies One easy way to inject malicious code in any Node application

Making the Correct Insanely Difficult

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:54:26 +0000

tl;dr If you’re trying to configure nginx on Elastic Beanstalk to redirect http requests to https, here’s what I learned. During deployment, the nginx configuration for your app is located at this file path: /tmp/deployment/config/#etc#nginx#conf.d#00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf via Using a container command, you can edit that nginx configuration file right before it gets deployed. I used a … Continue reading Making the Correct Insanely Difficult

Managers, Goals, and Performance

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:18:11 +0000

Key take away for me from "What Great Managers Do to Engage Employees" was this: Performance management is often a source of great frustration for employees who do not clearly understand their goals or what is expected of them at work. They may feel conflicted about their duties and disconnected from the bigger picture. For … Continue reading Managers, Goals, and Performance

History v. State

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:47:18 +0000

I want to reprogram the way I think about the state of my data models. Think of a blog post. Before I publish it, it's unpublished. After I publish it, it's published. If I unpublish it, it's unpublished again. Maybe I edit it and republish it. Published again. I (and a lot of programmers, I … Continue reading History v. State