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Why I am choosing inclusive language in technology this Juneteenth, and how you can too!

By Matt Jones | June 17, 2021 | 0 Comment

In the course of writing software or security policies, we often need to specifically allow some items or exclude other items.  For years, most software development teams have referred to these as “whitelists” and “blacklists.”  Examples include only allowing (whitelist) or blocking (blacklist) traffic from a set of known IP addresses.   In recent years, software […]

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Videos for Programming Merit Badge

By Matt Jones | February 15, 2021 | 0 Comment

I made some videos for my Troop as we worked on the Programming Merit Badge. It seems the effect was lost on Zoom, so I am posting the videos of the guest speakers here. These were generated using a service from Amazon, called AWS Polly to generate the audio. The audio was then lip-synced to […]

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Kubernetes Interview Tips

By Matt Jones | February 22, 2019 | 0 Comment

At work, we’ve been using Kubernetes for several years now. There’s a lot to learn and know about Kubernetes, but it really depends on the role that you are applying for. For more thoughts, check out this great article by the Enterprisers Project, where I discuss more of my thoughts on the Kubernetes interview.

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Containerize the old stuff!

By Matt Jones | September 30, 2016 | 0 Comment

Docker and container cluster managers like Kubernetes have helped our industry to embrace microservice architectures. Where I work, we are building cloud native applications at an incredible pace previously inconceivable with a team our size. The productivity gains of a modern stack including Docker, Kubernetes, Spring Boot, and AWS are undeniable. We spend more time […]

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TLS All The Things!

By Matt Jones | September 4, 2016 | 0 Comment

We all know to use HTTPS and TLS on things that matter. For the last 15 years of work, without exception, I’ve used use https. But privately, I have quite a few domains for myself and for friends, and having TLS on a personal blog didn’t seem worth the investment. But, thanks to Lets Encrypt […]

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Coding Temple Talk

By Matt Jones | April 1, 2016 | 0 Comment

I had a chance to give a talk for Coding Temple last night touching on why learning Javascript is a good idea. I also touched a bit on AngularJS and gave a perspective of a hiring manager to the participants of the coding bootcamp. Here are the slides: I’d be happy to present as a […]

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How to Get Past the Software Engineer Resume Screen

By Matt Jones | February 20, 2016 | 0 Comment

Hiring average engineers is easy. Hiring excellent software engineers is hard. So far this year, the hiring managers that I work with and I have seen 50+ resumes for 4 positions and made 2 job offers. The math here is not really in the favor of the candidates or our hiring managers. Every stage of […]

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WordPress on Kubernetes

By Matt Jones | January 23, 2016 | 0 Comment

This wordpress instance is hosted on a private kubernetes cluster. The default wordpress docker image has an upload limit of 8MB, which made it difficult to upload this theme and to migrate from another provider. So, I created a new docker image that increases the upload limit to 128MB. If you’d like to use it, […]

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