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Month: September 2019

Status: .NET Layers & Clojure

Haven’t posted recently because I started a new job doing Clojure development on Mac targeting JVM on Linux hosted in AWS. In other words mostly stuff I haven’t done before so I’ve been focusing a lot of time getting up to speed on all of that (which is still a work in progress).

I am still actively working on my open source Layers library for .NET and have made considerable progress. Since its still alpha its been going through a lot of change / refactoring as I work to get it to where I want for moving forward. Most of the core layers capabilities are implemented (though not tested). Next I need to write a top layer implementation (such as .NET Core MVC WebAPI) and a bottom layer (such as Entity Framework) so that I can feed incoming requests into the layers stack and have them perform actual work. Once I have those I can start testing and working with it from an application perspective and go from there.

Due to the new Clojure work and the time that is taking it will likely take me longer than I had planned to get a working version of Layers released, but it will definitely happen. Plus I’ve also created some simply, very high level “Common” open source libraries for .NET as part of this that I think will be highly reusable for a lot of projects.

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High quality security is a good thing. Many years ago (early 90s) Phil Zimmermann released this thing called Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) that used public & private keys to enable people to sign & encrypt data. Its a really good core design and very high security. When it came out I wrote an early Windows GUI to try and make it easier for most users and exchanged a couple of emails with Mr. Zimmermann. But unfortunately PGP never caught on because it was complicated to use and requires building a network of trusted keys (so that you know who a key really belongs to).

I just recently found out about which is a system that provides secure chat & file sharing and uses PGP at its core. It also acts as a system for distributing keys and providing the identity of those keys. I’ve only played around on it for a little bit but it seems like this might finally be a good, viable way to enable widespread use of PGP!

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