Exciting News!

I'm going to be a dad!!! I'm proud to announce that Sarah and I will be welcoming a new member into our family this November!!…

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Finding my Calling

Five or so years ago, I began an incredible journey. My professor at the time, David Humphrey, introduced me to the concept of open source software and the Mozilla Project, and I dove right in. Thanks to my explorations in open source software development (and to David!), I had the…

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Webmaker Services In a Box

Configuring and running services for Webmaker is a real pain in the ass. (Webmaker services = Webmaker API, Webmaker ID, and Webmaker LoginAPI) There's database and caching services to install and configure, npm dependencies to install, native NodeJS bindings to compile (sorry, Windows), and database scripts/migrations to run. This makes…

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Intercepting HTTP traffic with Zaproxy

Today I'm going to show you how to use the Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) to debug and test the security of web applications. ZAP is an intercepting proxy that serves as a great tool for security beginners and veterans alike. It provides tools to intercept and modify HTTP/HTTPS and…

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Dark GTK Themes and Firefox

I've been using Linux for some time now, and I've always been partial to dark themes. They're easy on the eyes, especially when you spend most of your day working on a computer. The trouble is, Firefox doesn't play very nicely with these themes. It seems like it tries to…

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Hapi: The Good Parts

Recently, I've been working with a new framework called Hapi to build an API for Webmaker. This is a bit of a departure from the past, where we traditionally would have used Express to build the our server applications. The decision to use Hapi was based on several features that…

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