What Do I Want from My Next Job?

I’m currently enjoying being unemployed, and I won’t be looking for a new position until some time in 2022, but I’ve been thinking about what I want from next position. There are many things I’d like, but what are my priorities? This post is my attempt to organize my own thoughts about this so I can be more careful and systematic when I start looking for my next position. Working Less I’ll be 48 by the time I start my next job.

Let the Funemployment Begin

Today was my last day at ActiveState. I enjoyed my nearly five years there (starting in February of 2017), but for a variety of reasons I decided to leave. I’m in the very fortunate position of being able to be jobless for a while, I’m not planning to look for anything new until January of 2022 at the earliest. I have some programming projects of my own that I plan to work on, and I’ll post about them here if they turn into anything interesting.

Writing a Postgres SQL Pretty Printer in Rust: Part 2

It’s been a few weeks since my last post on this project. I was distracted by Go reflection and security issues with Perl IP address modules. But now I can get back to my Postgres SQL pretty printer project1. One of the challenges for this project has been figuring out the best way to test it. I tried a standard unit test approach before giving up and settling on integration testing instead, so in this post I’ll talk about what I tried and what I ended up with.

API Design and the Recent IP Address Module Issues

Earlier this week, I wrote about security issues in Perl IP address distros. I started thinking about why these issues showed up in so many distros, which got me thinking about how an API can make these types of problems harder or easier. Specifically, I’d like to talk about Data::Validate::IP. Let’s look at two functions exported by this module, is_ipv4 and is_private_ipv4. On the surface, these sure look like they’re the same general thing.

Security Issues in Perl IP Address distros

Edit on 2021-03-29 21:40(ish) UTC: Added Net-Subnet (appears unaffected) and reordered the details to match the list at the top of the post. Edit on 2021-03-30 14:50(ish) UTC: Added Net-Works (appears unaffected). Edit on 2021-03-30 15:40(ish) UTC: Added Net-CIDR (some functions are affected). Edit on 2021-03-31 01:05(ish) UTC: Added Net-IPv4Addr (affected). Edit on 2021-04-05 01:21(ish) UTC: Net-CIDR-Lite 0.22 contains a remediation. Edit on 2021-04-05 19:30(ish) UTC: Net-IPAddress-Util 5.000 contains a remediation.

Down the Golang nil Rabbit Hole

Edit 2021-03-30: Jeremy Mikkola wrote about some closely related topics back in 2017. Edit 2021-03-31: Chris Siebenmann wrote a response to this post that explains exactly how interface values that are nil are typed. It’s more complicated than I thought! I’m not sure I have another Rust & Postgres blog post in me right now, so let’s learn something about Go instead. Recently I decided I wanted to add a --unique flag to omegasort.

Writing a Postgres SQL Pretty Printer in Rust: Part 1.5

Last week I wrote the first post in this series, where I introduced the project and wrote about generating Rust code for the parsed Postgres AST. I also wrote about the need for wrapper enums in the generated code, but I don’t think I went into enough detail, based on questions and discussions I had after I shared that post in /r/rust. So this week I will go into more detail on exactly why I had to do this.

Writing a Postgres SQL Pretty Printer in Rust: Part 1

This is the first of a planned series of blog posts about my pg-pretty project. I’ll cover some things I’ve learned about Rust and Postgres SQL, as well as some things I still don’t know. Series Links Part 1: Introduction to the project and generating Rust with Perl Part 1.5: More about enum wrappers and Serde’s externally tagged enum representation Part 2: How I’m testing the pretty printer and how I generate tests from the Postgres docs Why?

2020 Predictions Reviewed

Last year in May I made some predictions. Now it’s time to find out how I did! Summary The summary is I was wrong. A lot. This should be no surprise. First, let’s take a look at my overall accuracy: The source data for this chart is a spreadsheet I made for my 2020 predictions. Overall, this should be fairly understandable but there’s one nuance that needs some explaining. In order to make the chart simpler, I converted any prediction for less than 50% to its inverse and graphed that.

What I did on my winter vacation

TLDR: Helped my father move. Then I shaved all the yaks. Fur everywhere. Very messy. Because of the way holidays at ActiveState work, it’s very economical in terms of vacation days to take the last two weeks of the year off (Christmas and New year’s weeks). I had a fair bit of vacation left, so I decided to take the first week of the new year off as well, for a total of three weeks of vacation.