Devs: Are you giving back, or only taking?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Barret community, StirTrek, giving, JavaScript and Friends

A couple of weeks ago I attended my favorite annual developers' conference: Stir Trek. The reasons I like Stir Trek are many. It’s a fantastically run conference. It’s entirely a volunteer, non-profit effort. Over its history I have only missed two Stir Trek events. This year, as the time for Stir Trek registration approached, I made a decision. I was going to attend, as usual. This time I intended to do something more.

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The Problem with StackOverflow/StackExchange

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Barret community, StackOverflow, StackExchange, gate keeping, inclusivity, civility

The StackExchange sites are a collection of websites on various topics where people can ask questions and get answers from members of that community. People can also up-vote or down-vote both the questions and the answers, as well as add comments regarding either. People receive ranking points, called “reputation”, for asking questions and on how many up-votes/down-votes their questions and answers receive. It’s intended to drive an active (and interactive) community of people around each subject area.

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Visual Studio debugging - SSL Connection / Connection Reset with IISExpress - Stack Overflow

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 by Barret community, StackOverflow, StackExchange, gate keeping, inclusivity, civility

Sometimes it can be a huge pain in the rear to work with SSL on local IIS or IIS Express in Visual Studio. I was trying to debug an issue with my authentication flow and just could not get my auth server to run locally. I finally came across this StackOverflow answer and discovered that I was running into the issue where my port for IIS Express was something like 66234.

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The Controversy - Its Our Fault

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 by Barret ethics, community, uber,

A tweet caught my attention yesterday afternoon that was related to the whole data collection situation. Users' data is being anonymized and then sold by, with one of the buyers in this situation being Uber. The co-founder of posted a message to Medium which basically put the responsibility for the controversy on the end users of While her approach to communication leaves something to be desired, I for one feel that she is totally, completely right.

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