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A new serverless adventure at Auth0

Last week was my last of a great ride at Splunk. I have now joined Auth0 working on a new developer-focused offering around Serverless compute, with Webtask. I’ve also started a new blog to discuss more broader topics on tech, startups etc.

Read more on what I am doing now here!


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.NET Fringe is back!

And we’re back!

Yes it’s true, .NET Fringe is back! We’re gathering back in Portland from July 10th through 12th for 3 days of unadulterated .NET OSS awesomeness. Last year we had a magical event, and we heard you tell us that you couldn’t wait for next year. So this year we’re back and we’re taking it up a notch! You can hear more about why we’re doing .NET Fringe and our plans for this year in our recent Channel 9 Interview.






The Topics

We’ve got a rich and diverse set of topics this year that is very timely and relevant to what is happening in the industry. Just look at the list!

  • .NET Core
  • DevOps
  • Docker
  • Hadoop
  • IOT
  • Kubernetes
  • Linked Data
  • Microservices
  • Machine Learning
  • Mobile
  • Spark
  • Xamarin
  • IOT
  • OSS Project Management

The Speakers

And an excellent lineup of speakers starting with our keynotes. We are thrilled that the list includes Don Syme, the creator of F#!

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Lightning Talks

This year back by popular demand we’ll be having about 15 Lightning talks split across the two days. Got an idea you’d like to speak on, we’re open for submissions.


Once again we’ll have workshops free for attendees on July 10th. Aaron Stannard is back with more AKKA.NET goodness, and we have several other workshops. Stay tuned to dotnetfringe.org.

Everything else

There’s a ton of other cool stuff, like another awesome venue, the Geek Train from Seattle, a bike ride around Portland, live music, some great food oh and Portland!

Discounts for bloggers

Are you wanting to attend .NET Fringe but are short on cash?

Go write a blog post (and no, not just a one liner) either about your .NET Fringe experience last year, or why you want to attend this year. Then follow @dotnetfringe, tweet with your blog post and include @dotnetfringe or #dotnetfringe. We’ll follow you back and then DM you a 70% DISCOUNT CODE.

Don’t wait

.NET Fringe is around the corner. It’s going to be amazing. Go register and come join us!


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Are you in the mood for HTTP?

Sometimes you are just in that mood (no, not that mood ;-)), you know that mood when you want to talk HTTP and APIs with a bunch of people that care. Recently Darrel Miller and I realized we’re in that mood, and so with a little nudging from Jonathan Channon, we decided now is a good time. And so, “In the Mood for HTTP” was born.

It is a new Q&A style show, where folks submit questions on all things HTTP and Darrel and I give answers. Every show is live via Google Hangouts on Air, AND it is recorded and immediately available. In terms of the content, one thing I think that is really nice is we’re getting to dive into some really deep areas of building APIs that are not well covered. For example what level of granularity of media types should you use? Do Microservices impact your API design? And much more!

We’re not always in agreement, we’re not always right. We do always have fun!

Read Darrel’s blog post which goes into more detail of that what and why, then come join us! You can find the previous episodes on our YouTube channel here.

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Save your DNS and your SANITY when using VPN on a Mac (without rebooting)

There was time when using my Mac was bliss form a DNS perspective, I never had to worry about my routing tables getting corrupted. I could always rely on hosts getting resolved, life was good! And then a combination of things happened and well those good old days are gone :-(

  • The networking stack on OSX went downhill.
  • I joined Splunk.
  • I started using a VPN on my Mac (We use Juniper SSL VPN).
  • I started having to deal with this now recurring nightmare of my DNS suddenly failing, generally after using the VPN.

If you use a VPN on a Mac, I am sure you’ve seen it. Suddenly you type “https://github.com” in your browser, and you get a 404. “Is Github down?” you ask your co-workers? “Nope, works perfectly fine for me”. “Is hipchat down?”. “Nope, I am chatting away.”

Meanwhile. your browser looks something like this:

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So you reboot, and then you find out that Github was up all along, the problem was your routing tables got screwed somehow related to the VPN, either that or the DNS demons have taken over your machine!







After dealing with this constantly, you start to seriously lose your sanity! It will of course always happen at the most inopportune time, like when you are about to present to your execs or walk on stage!

But my friends, there is hope, I have a cure! This is a cure I learned from the wise ninjas at my office (Thank you Danielle and Itay!), it is a little bash alias, and it will save you AND your DNS. Drop it in your .bash_profile and open a new terminal.

alias fixvpn="sudo route -n flush && sudo networksetup -setv4off Wi-Fi && sudo networksetup -setdhcp Wi-Fi"

Next time the DNS demons come to get you, run this baby from the shell. It will excommunicate those demons and quick.

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Wait a few seconds, and bring up that webpage again.

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You DNS and Sanity are restored!

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.NET Fringe, defining the future


There’s a long history in OSS communities of projects emerging from the community that start on the fringes. The people working on these projects are motivated by a desire for change, for doing things in a way that is not necessarily the norm. The fact that they exist is a sign of a healthy community.

As a very salient example, take jQuery. At one point it was a small JavaScript library that a few passionate developers worked on, it then grew to be the de facto library for developers everywhere. Thanks to a rich ecosystem around consumption and contribution to Open Source, what was once fringe become the mainstream.

Until recently, this ecosystem has not really existed in the .NET world. However, times they are a changin! In the past 5 to 10 years there have been major positive changes. One really important one was the ground work laid by ALT.NET. It made a very loud call for many of the changes we’re seeing. Another one is the bold steps Microsoft has taken to level the playing field for OSS libraries and tools. Regardless, the important point is this ecosystem I described is here in .NET and growing.

There’s too many examples to name all but I’ll list a few recent projects that illustrate this : jQuery, NuGetGithub, JSON.NET, AutomapperXamarinNancyFX, and .NET vNext. This is just a sampling that does not do justice as there are many many other examples.

This change is important. This is just the beginning, but it’s a great beginning. A group of us think this is so important, that we’re putting together an event focused on this topic, .NET Fringe.

We’re bringing together members of the .NET OSS community that have been working to define the future. They are going to share their works, share their learnings, and share their passion. And it’s happening in Portland, a place rich in OSS culture.

Be part of something amazing, come to .NET Fringe!

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