Welcome to The Long View—where we peruse the news of the week and strip it to the essentials. Let’s work out what really matters.
This week: Ruby on Rails 7.0 is go, working from home is still de rigueur, and HIBP gets far, far bigger.
DHH is Excited
First up this week: Ruby on Rails version 7.0 is now in production. It promises less bloat, better security and even more developer efficiency.
Analysis: Last chance for greatness
Talk to devs about Ruby on Rails and you’ll hear a wide range of opinion—all the way from “obsolete memory hog” to “productivity secret weapon.” But its important promise seems to be to encourage devs to use better design patterns.
Most Rails applications will not require Node.js, given the new defaults. … Other improvements:
Encrypted attributes have been added to Active Record, enabling applications to offer at-work encryption in addition to traditional at-rest and in-transit. … With asynchronous query loading, two unrelated queries can be run concurrently. … The Spring application preloader is no longer on by default, as faster computers have made it unnecessary.
Let’s hear from Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson—AKA DHH:
Seven is … the culmination of years of progress on five different fronts at once. … The part that really excites me … is how much closer it brings us to the ideal of The One Person Framework. A toolkit so powerful that it allows a single individual to create modern applications upon which [to] build a competitive business.
It’s been well over twenty years for me now, and a big release like this still makes me giddy. … What a glorious time to be working in web development.
What a whatnow? Here’s bb_matt:
I don’t pretend … it’s a “glorious time to be working in web development,” except for one important aspect: … Experienced programmers coming over from software development and starting to make amends [with] strong typing, robust CI/CD, a focus on TDD, a focus on domain modeling.
99% is still total **** though—but then again, so is most software.
Home Working Ain’t Gone Away
A month ago, my long-suffering editor permitted me to write, “WTH? We Wanna WFH.” And survey after survey says tech workers work better at home. After the last 21 months, there’s simply no denying it.
Analysis: Genie out of bottle—no going back
If you’re under the misapprehension that DevOps is somehow “special” and your workers will be glad to return—think again. Find a way to make it work, or work will stop—and your business will die.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: How to lure employees back to the office? You can’t. Not now. Not ever.
Months have gone by, and the great resignation keeps rolling along. … People don’t want to catch COVID-19 [but] bosses still think they can force skilled workers to return to offices. … That’s not going to happen.
The problem? Many executives and owners haven’t gotten the clue yet. [But] any doubts you may have about people not doing a good job unless you’re looking over their shoulders should have vanished by now. … The monthly academic WFH research.com survey has found almost six out of 10 workers reported being more productive working from home. … In the Dice State of Remote Work report … 53% of technologists listed greater productivity as one of the main benefits.
It’s simple: It works better for them and for your company. … Anyone who’s been paying attention … must agree. You can either go along with the flow, or you can fight it and first lose your staffers and then your company
So what do DevOps managers think? One of them is kozikow:
100% remote is not great either. … When there was a long period of 100% remote during Covid, there were some issues. … We developed a policy that Mondays are required, Wednesday are encouraged, rest is work from home. … It was shared decision of the team.
I think that most people who are strongly against hybrid work just have to live in a miserable place like SF. … It’s unfortunate that so many software companies are in the Bay Area.
But you couldn’t pay some people enough to go back—people such as this Anonymous Coward:
No way in hell they’d ever be willing to pay me … to come back into an office. … No having to go out in ****ed up weather, no fighting traffic and … dangerous drivers, plus I get all that commuting time back.
And I don’t have to put up with Linda cooking fish in the microwave.
Have I Been Pwned? There’s a 38% Higher Chance
This week saw a huge bump in the size of Troy Hunt’s already-massive database of stolen credentials. In case you’ve not seen it, HaveIBeenPwned.com is an amazing free service that lets apps securely check a user’s password isn’t already used elsewhere on a compromised site.
Analysis: Build the API into your auth flow ASAP
The UK’s equivalent to the FBI has donated a huge trove of credentials—after deduping, it’s added more than 225 million new passwords to the database. Frankly, if you still allow your users to rely on any of the 847 million passwords in HIBP, it would be negligent.
Simon Sharwood: National Crime Agency finds 225 million previously unexposed passwords
Troy Hunt, of Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) fame, yesterday announced … the NCA shared 585,570,857 [creds] with HIBP, and Hunt said 225,665,425 … he hasn’t seen before in the 613 million credentials HIBP already stored. [HIBP] lets anyone conduct a secure search of stolen passwords to check if their credentials have been exposed.
The NCA’s statement to Hunt did not reveal the source of the password trove [but said they] “were able to identify a huge amount of … passwords in a compromised cloud storage facility. … It became clear that these credentials were an accumulation of breached datasets known and unknown.”
[The] release brings the total Pwned Passwords count to 847,223,402, a 38 percent increase.
How’s this relevant to DevOps? Troy Hunt explains:
In the last month, there were 1,260,000,000 occasions where a service somewhere checked a password against … HIBP’s Pwned Password API. … There are all sorts of amazing Pwned Passwords use cases out there. For example … checking their customers’ passwords on every registration, login or password change to see if it’s previously been breached.
The UK’s National Crime Agency has done some wonderful work over the years to combat cybercrime. … Today’s release is about turning on the firehose of new passwords and making them immediately available to everyone for free. Having this open to the community, owned by the community and supported by the FBI and NCA is an enormously pleasing result.
Time for a metaphorical thought experiment. LenKagetsu obliges:
You were told by a reliable source that an unknown person … posted a high-res image of … your house key … on the internet. Would you change the locks?
The Moral of the Story: Never switch horses in midstream
You have been reading The Long View by Richi Jennings. You can contact him at @RiCHi or [email protected].
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