Musings

A collection of articles related to life and adventures in the open source community.

The Future with Futures

Recently there has been a lot of progress in the Rust language towards a robust asynchronous stack. In this article we’ll take a look at what these things are, take a tour of what’s available, play with some examples, and talk about how the pieces fit together. We’ll get started with the futures crate to start, move on to futures_cpupool, and then eventually to tokio. We will assume you have some knowledge of programming, and have at least thought about trying Rust before. What are Futures and Async? When writing code to do some action which may take some time,...

Posted on , into Rust and Tutorials .

Pretty State Machine Patterns in Rust

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the patterns and structures which we program with. It’s really wonderful to start exploring a project and see familiar patterns and styles which you’ve already used before. It makes it easier to understand the project, and empowers you to start working on the project faster. Sometimes you’re working on a new project and realize that you need to do something in the same way as you did in another project. This thing might not be a functionality or a library, it might not be something which you can encode into some clever macro...

Posted on , into Rust .

An HTTPS Terminator Box

Over the last couple days at asquera we’ve been on a retreat at the Landhaus Fredenwalde. It’s really beautiful out here and it’s given me a chance to work on a few small projects which I’ve been wanting to explore for awhile now. Anyways, yesterday I set up a system that uses Ansible, Let’s Encrypt, nginx, and DigitalOcean to terminate HTTP and proxy requests to arbitrary hosts. The intended use case for this is to have Github Pages sites able to be dropped onto a custom domain that is SSL enabled, but there are many other use cases which I...

Posted on , into Infrastructure and Tooling .

Winds of Change

Unlike most of this blog this post is not technical in the slightest, instead it’s a personal update. Though, I have been wanting to write this post for a long time now! Many things have happened in the last few months, and life is still swirling all around me. Many things seemed uncertain, other things still do. Irregardless, things are pretty darn cool. Anyways, here’s what’s happened lately. The First Degree I went Camosun College in late 2010, and transfered to the University of Victoria in 2012. As of June 2016, I’ve finished my program and recieved my degree! I’m...

Posted on , into Personal .

The Menagerie of Badssl

Late last year I was given an opporunity to participate in the Mozilla Winter of Security 2016! I’m happy to report it was, and still is, super cool. Plans diverted significantly at the very start of the project as it was discovered that the “menagerie” of certificates we wanted to build already existed. What joy! In order to avoid any “not-invented-here” syndrome problems we pivoted, like a failing startup, and I moved to become a contributor to BadSSL. One of my mentors, April King, happened to already be a contributor to BadSSL and helped me get acquainted with the repository...

Posted on , into UVic .