Reflections on Attending the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC 2024)

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The Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) consists of a full day of participatory workshops, two days full of talks, an evening mixer, a whole lot of sponsor booths, some regretful karaoke, great barbeque, great bars, and at least one actual magician. Today, we’re talking about my attendance at the 15th annual KCDC, held June 26th…

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Making a Mental Model

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What does a year look like? This is a question you may have been asked before. And there is a variety of works out there discussing the differences in how people perceive a year. Ultimately, many people have some sort of circle for a year. When creating a software system, we should create a mental…

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Cognito Basic User Operations in C#

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When building a solution on top of Cognito, we will often build on top of the existing Cognito user interface. But, it is possible to make all of the authentication calls without using it in a UI. In this blog post, I’ll show how to use C# to make these calls. You probably should avoid…

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Rate-Limiting Requests with RxJS

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Recently, I had an issue in a front-end application in which a user was allowed to click around a calendar and begin loading any day that was tapped. Each day triggered a semi-expensive API call, which could take a second or two to complete. The user was free to click around on more days and…

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Your Vision + Our Engineering

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Every business is striving to achieve business agility. They want to create larger impacts, deliver value more often, embrace customer learnings, and ultimately move faster to outpace competition. At the same time, businesses are being required to tackle new and varying classes of problems. Innovation, for example, is classified as a wicked problem. This means…

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The SWEBOK and Its Applications for Software Developers

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Musings On Career Development in Software I have spent a fair amount of time over the last 5-10 years thinking about how our industry views and supports professional development. My own journey has given me an opportunity to see and experience what it takes to go from no education (other than a FORTRAN class in…

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Don’t Panic Labs Named One of Lincoln’s “Best Places to Work” for 2024

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Software product development company Don’t Panic Labs was recognized as one of Lincoln’s Best Places to Work at a ceremony at Haymarket Park on Thursday, June 6th. The company was recognized with the second place award in the Medium-Sized Company category by Woods & Aitken LLP, the Lincoln Journal Star, and the Lincoln Human Resource…

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Setting Up User and Password Verification with Cognito

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With most solutions, we want to use an IDP (Identity Provider) to manage users. This almost always involves redirecting to a hosted web page to handle user authentication. After the user is authenticated, they are redirected back to our web application. That is a preferred way to handle this problem, mostly because it keeps us…

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Don’t Panic Labs Announces Seventh Annual Towel Drive for People’s City Mission

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Local software product design and engineering company Don’t Panic Labs is excited to announce the return of its annual towel drive for Lincoln’s People’s City Mission. From May 13th to May 26th, Don’t Panic Labs is encouraging all of Lincoln to donate towels of any condition for use at the Mission’s shelter in Lincoln. Towels…

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Searching Text in C# Using Embeddings with OpenAI

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The problem we’re solving today is semantic searching text in C#, using tools provided by OpenAI. A semantic search in this instance refers to searching on the searcher’s intent and the contextual meaning of the query, rather than a simple keyword lookup (for example, search results for “king” may include matches on the word “monarch”)….

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