New on the blog: required reading for leaders in cybersecurity.
Whenever I dig back into the fundamentals of computing, I’m once again pleasantly surprised at how often the concepts help to grow everyday-life problem solving skills. (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/thoughts-on-the-fundamentals/)
I’m open-sourcing my MSCS notes at https://openmscs.com/. Want to learn along with me? The GitHub repo is here 👉 https://github.com/victoriadrake/open-mscs/ (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/7dfe5d66-2ad6-47de-a7aa-e647afd0d87a/)
If you want it, find it. If it doesn’t exist, make it. If you don’t know how, learn. (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/b61c9824-edfd-46ee-a901-467184f81c03/)
There are two hard problems in computer science:
1. Cache coherence
2. Naming things
3. Off-by-one errors
What’s something you’ve figured out that would improve the lives of most people if they did it too? (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/60c9c9de-aedf-48b2-b417-5d819c154b58/)
When what seems like half the planet noped out of WhatsApp after its terms of service update, applications like Signal (which I highly recommend) saw an unprecedented increase in user traffic. Signal had so many new users sign up that it overwhelmed their existing infrastructure and lead to a 24-hour-ish outage. The small team responded impressively quickly, especially given that a 4,200% spike in new users was utterly implausible before it ocurred.
Matrix is an open standard for decentralized real-time communication. The specification is production-ready and bridges to tons of silo products like Slack, Gitter, Telegram, Discord, and even Facebook Messenger. This lets you use Matrix to link together disjoint communities in one place, or create an alternative communication method that works with, but is independent of, communication silos.
You can create your own self-hosted Matrix chat for as little as $3.50 USD… https://victoria.dev/blog/create-a-self-hosted-chat-service-with-your-own-matrix-server/
I hear this question a lot: “Do I raise or return this error in Python?”
This is probably because the right answer will depend on your situation and the goals of your application logic. Either choice can help you ensure your Python code doesn’t fail silently, saving you and your teammates from having to hunt down deeply entrenched errors.
Here’s the difference between `raise` and `return` when handling failures in Python, and how to ensure your code doesn’t fail… https://victoria.dev/blog/do-i-raise-or-return-errors-in-python/
Why do whiteboard interviews not work? Wrong answers only. (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/49cf5aab-af5f-4c0e-aa40-36a7afca2bfb/)
A number of my readers have been kind enough to tell me that you find my blog useful, but there’s something that you don’t know. Up until I recently implemented a search feature on… https://victoria.dev/blog/add-search-to-hugo-static-sites-with-lunr/
Consider that the biggest obstacle to your product’s cyber security may be embarrassment. (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/3e33a025-0fe4-463b-b1be-ac375406bc98/)
When choosing your new product name, you can save yourself a lot of grief by asking, “What would this sound like if someone verbed it?” (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/a7051260-cff3-426c-bc90-7701469703a8/)
Want your own website but not sure how to start? Describe your web dev skills to me in a sentence and I’ll respond with the perfect stack for your own home on the web. (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/bb1f25ba-d5d5-4a81-982d-0c1689edc946/)
Help me discover more awesome indie webmasters! 😄 @ me if you or your favorite blog supports webmentions! (https://victoria.dev/neofeed/492f0cbc-257a-41a2-8a2a-3afe195c8c83/)
The web that raised me was a digital playground in the truest sense. It was made up of HTML experiments frankensteined together by people still figuring it all out.
The beauty of not completely knowing what you’re doing is a lack of premature judgement. Without a standard to rise to, you’re free to go sideways. Explore. Try things that don’t work, without any expectation they _will_ work. An open world with a beginner’s mindset.
The web that raised me was a little… https://victoria.dev/blog/make-your-own-independent-website/
Director of Engineering. I lead development of cybersecurity products and technology teams. Core maintainer, OWASP Web Security Testing Guide. https://victoria.dev
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