I’m going to get a quick update out before I get to sleep. There’s nothing like looking up and realizing that it’s Sunday at 11:00 PM and I haven’t even started the weekly update post. Luckily, there’s not much to update. I watched a lot of baseball, ran, and read for the most part. On the code side, I started playing with the .NET okta authentication/authorization library. For anyone unfamilar with okta, it’s a popular auth as a service platform. ASP.NET Identity is nice and has a ton of features, but services like okta are going to get more and more important as security moves to the forefront of the general public’s minds.

On the reading front, I raced through Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein. The narrative on focusing on generalization rather than specialization is refreshing. It makes a lot of sense that if we focus on picking up a lot of skills upfront then specializing later after we’ve already accumulated a lot of knowledge, we can apply the general information in novel ways within our specialty. Sometimes, I worry that I’m focusing on learning things that won’t help me achieve my goals, but this dabbling can lead to unexpectedly good results.


Online Course(s): ASP.NET Authentication: The Big Picture

Book(s): Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World


Online Course(s): Entity Framework in the Enterprise

Book(s): Get Programming with F#: A Guide for .NET Developers, The Master and Margarita

On the Next…

I’m thinking about taking it easy this week. I’ve been working a lot on a personal project that isn’t software related at I’m wanting to focus on pushing it through to completion. It will eventually make its way to being a code project, but for now, it’s not.