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Building Products vs. Building Platforms

Software design decisions are always trade-offs. You can build software that does one specialized thing and does it extremely well. You can build software that does everything in a problem-space and does it acceptably well. But you can't build software that is both extremely flexible and extremely effective. Depending on the situation, you want to choose one over the other.

Adventures with Heroku: python-saml, libxmlsec1, and SWIG

A client uses OneLogin for their single-sign on services. We're building their website hosted on Heroku. We needed to build that SSO integration, and fortunately the folks over at OneLogin have released a very adaptable and well demonstrated toolkit for writing SAML SSO integration in Python. Heroku was the hard part.

Interviewing and hiring developers

Methodologies and philosophies on screening, interviewing, and hiring software developers go through fads and phases, as popular wisdom is debunked, thought leaders share their methods, and developers themselves are promoted and bring their own experience to bear. Most of us would agree that nobody's really doing this right, and we don't really agree what "right" would look like.