Bryce Fisher-Fleig

Fullstack Forrays into Web Development

Handlebars Considered Harmful

02 Mar 2015
Handlebars is a DSL builder in disguise tempting you to create an undebuggable mess.

How to Kill Email - Why startups will always fail to displace email

21 Nov 2014
It's painful to watch startup after startup brand themselves the "email killer." This post is the real story of how to kill email.

Faster (and more private) page load with Static Social Sharing

17 Oct 2014
Although it's tempting to use the default social sharing widgets from Facebook, Google Plus, etc., you can speed up your page load times by creating custom sharing widgets that are Javascript-free ("static").

Securing SSH with Multiple Keys

04 Sep 2014

It’s a great idea to use specific ssh-key key pairs per service (or per repository even). Even if your keys are compromised, they don’t allow your attacker to access any other services. Unfortunately, these services often assume you’ll use the default key pair (id_rsa).

7 Alternatives to Amazon CloudFront CDN

27 May 2014
A comparison of the top content delivery networks for web content in 2014 with my recommendations. I'll be focusing on the needs for encryption and static html content.

Using AWS CloudFront Behaviors with HTTPS for Planet Drupal RSS

30 Apr 2014
Many RSS validators and aggregators (including Planet Drupal) do NOT work over HTTPS. If you're using CloudFront to serve your site exclusively over HTTPS, I'll show you how to configure an additional behavior to switch specific URL patterns back to HTTP.

Avoiding the Duplicate Content Penalty with AWS S3 and CloudFront

26 Apr 2014
Google and other search engines penalize content plagiarized from other sources. However, if you're using S3 as an origin server for CloudFront, you may be in danger of the duplicate content penalty! This post explains two strategies to combat this problem.

Setting Up SSL on AWS CloudFront and S3

24 Apr 2014
I've just setup this blog using an S3 bucket as the origin server, CloudFront as my CDN, and SSL for under $10. Since there were so many articles to read along the way, I'm gathering up what worked for me all in one place.

A Super Handy Translation Checklist

14 Mar 2014
I've put together a checklist of some DO's and DON'Ts that I've learned that help me review someone else's code or even my own code before forking over the big bucks to a translation company.

PHP: What Does function ...() use () syntax mean?

31 Jan 2014
Mastering some of more idiosyncratic syntax of PHP is tricky these days with a much faster release cycle in recent years. Here's one syntax that I've seen a lot lately in PHP's "Closures" (aka lambda functions) but could never wrap my head around until tonight: the mysterious PHP function use syntax. TL;DR - use() passes variables from the scope outside the closure into the closure itself. If you're used to closures in JavaScript, get ready for a new twist.