Security, Analytics and Glitter

February is upon us and with that it means that we are only a few weeks out from one of my favorite conferences, CodepaLOUsa. If you haven’t been lucky enough to attend CodepaLOUsa in the past you really should check it out. It is a multi day, multi track multi disciplinary conference held in Louisville, KY and the event is always outstanding.

This year I am pleased to be able to give one of my favorite talks, Application Security: What you don’t know can hurt you. In this talk I will be going over the top vulnerabilities that can exist in your applications and in addition to showing how they can be exploited I will also cover how to defend against them.

I am also giving another fun talk about how to optimize agile development practices by building analytics into your applications and using the results to augment customer collaboration in the Close The Feedback Loop. Using Application Analytics To Improve Agile Development talk.

Finally I am going to bring something new and fun to CodepaLOUsa, a door decorating competition. I have run this at CodeMash for the past two years and now it is time to expand! Everyone is free to enter the competition, even if you are not attending the conference. During the course of the conference I am going to be walking the hallways of the conference hotel taking pictures of decorated doors and posting them to the competition voting site at This is something I am running on my own and is not an official part of the conference, please also take care to not damage your hotel room door. I will be giving at least one prize away for the door that gets the most votes, stay tuned to this blog or my Twitter account where I will post where and when I will announce the winner.

You can check out what previous competitors have done in years past at CodeMash 2014 and CodeMash 2013.

I am really looking forward to CodepaLOUsa, feel free to say hi if you see me there, I’ll be the one in the kilt.