PCI training equals lessons in how to hack

Today at work, all developers were required to take an all-day training in PCI. This is the second such session that I’ve attended since I was hired. It’s all very interesting to learn about, however, it really boils down to hacking. They are teaching us all the methods that we (our websites) can be hacked. The surprising part is how much my co-workers already know about how to attack a site. We discussed how we would attack something and then talked about the pros and cons for each type. All in all, great way to spend a day at work.

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New addition to the family

It’s been entirely too long since my last post.  The last time I posted I had just started my new job and was blogging about the experience and silly setup reminders for myself.  It’s been about 9 months and I am still loving Expedia!  I have a great management team supporting me.  And they like to have fun; the company held an off-site in Las Vegas, at the Palazzo for three days.  It really is the most challenging and rewarding position I’ve had in my career.  However, outside of work, I’ve had a lot going on, to say the least.

In January, we welcomed our 4th child into our family.  She has been keeping us all very busy.  Now that she’s 7 weeks old now, she is just starting to smile and coo a bit.  I just wanted to share a quick picture of one of those rare moments that her face just lit up.

Besides the birth, we recently listed our home for sale.  It’s surprisingly difficult to fit a family of six into a three bedroom house.  We’ve also discovered that having four children causes you to outgrow vehicles as well.  🙂  Guess I’ll be shopping for a large SUV soon (or maybe a short bus, HA).

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been finishing up about a year long contract for some Business Intelligence software for a company in the SW US.  With an extra 15-20 hours / week, it will be a needed relief to have it finalized.  It’s a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) front end, C# middle, connecting to SQL Server database warehouse.  I have to say I’ve really enjoyed developing WPF over Windows Forms.  Working with XAML, the development cycle went very quickly.

Looking to the future, I have to admit, I’ve already got my next project lined up.  I’m going online for this one and tackling the MVC pattern.  Stay tuned.  It should be a fun experience as I’m going to try to adopt the 37signals way of simple design.  Their REWORK book has been bouncing around my head for a while now and I’d like to start a new project with it in mind.