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Applying Agile and Security in Software Development Public Appearance at KSU

Update 3/21/2019, the video of this presentation is now available on the Rietta Inc. YouTube Channel, Applying Agile and Security in Software Development.

I am going to be speaking on Applying Agile and Security in Software Development at the IS General Speaker Series #3 at Kennesaw State University on Wednesday, February 27th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Burruss Building Room BB109.

There will also be a talk by Philip Andreae on Payment Card Security.

KSU students may sign up for IS Engagement Activity #ISENG.

I am Looking forward to helping some students understand a bit more about the gritty real world life of development. Please spread the word.

Storing Currency in PostgreSQL

There are different ways we can store currency in PostgreSQL, this blog post will cover the money and numeric types.

Happy New Year 2019!


As I sit here at home with my wife Danielle celebrating the beginning of 2019, I am remembering how grateful I am for my customers and co-workers. In the last year, we’ve accomplished tremendous things. Launching new products, solving critical security issues before they were a problem, and so much more. I look forward to the new opportunities in 2019!

Prevent an Outdated and Broken Bin/setup With This Simple Trick

Having a good bin/setup is very essential to having a quick onboarding time as well as getting your environment back up and going in case of emergency.

But how often do you run this bin/setup if it’s only ran when you setup your repo? Most developers setup their environment only every once in awhile. What happens when changes to the codebase happen and the bin/setup isn’t modified as well?

Writing a Good Bin/setup

Nothing is better than cloning a code repository, running the bin/setup, and everything about the project just works. It’s the developer equivalent of waking up before your alarm goes off and realizing you can sleep for another two hours.

A good bin/setup can mean the difference between a frustrating on-boarding process and a fantastic one.

When you have a completed bin/setup, you have an easy way to get new and existing developers up and running quickly, stress-free. It can also streamline continuous integration setup and maintenance. A good bin/setup gives you peace of mind when setting up a new machine and offloads the mental work of project setup to a verifiable tool.

Deep Work and Remote Work

The ability to deeply concentrate and sink your teeth into a task is more valuable than ever, and yet, our attention has never been more scattered at work. Slack, email, and social media beg for our attention, and a lot of the time, it’s the path of least resistance to give in to the urge to check Reddit. There is a better way to work. The antidote to the scattering of our attention and lack of using our mind’s full potential is deep work.

Automate Scheduled Security Scans With CircleCI

Continuous integration is a now common way of having constant feedback for teams. Being able to verify new code on whether it is working is important, but what about CVEs? CVEs are reported and patched constantly by open source communities and unless your team is scouring the web for dependency vulnerabilities daily, it can quickly become difficult to keep up. Not only time consuming, but if they are not dealt with swiftly, they will pose as a risk to the well-being of your business and user base. At Rietta, we have automated security scans by utilizing scheduled workflows on CircleCI. This blog post will briefly go over how you can set up an automated security scan that will help boost confidence when dealing with CVEs.

6 Easily Avoidable Mistakes New Developers Make When Asking for Help Online

The majority of software development includes asking a lot of questions. Administrating the Ruby On Rails Link Slack, I’ve seen some of the best and worst questions asked.

Good questions save time and effort for both the asker and answerer, follow these tips to become a superstar question asker and super power your development cycle with and without community assistance.