Documentation Sucks and You Probably Do it Too Much

I often hear that we need more and better documentation in the tech industry. I’ve since come to believe that most documentation is overrated. When Documentation Sucks Incorrect documentation is worse than no documentation, and redundant documentation is worthless. Let’s remove the chaff. Incorrect Documentation Developers typically take the path of least resistance when given … Read more Documentation Sucks and You Probably Do it Too Much

How to Securely Backup a Seed Phrase

Many newcomers to the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency space seem interested in holding their own private keys. As we know, not your keys not your coins. Dangers In order to spend Bitcoins, a user must have access to their wallet or to the seed phrase that was created alongside the wallet. Likewise, an attacker only needs … Read more How to Securely Backup a Seed Phrase

Qvault’s Offline Mode in Electron

We recently added “Offline Mode” to Qvault as a new feature. This was in preparation to also add Bitcoin and cryptocurrency key generation. There is now a toggle switch at the top of the app that, when switched off, ensures that the app will make no network requests. You have always been able to use … Read more Qvault’s Offline Mode in Electron

Security in Dependencies

Choosing the right dependencies is a difficult task. Assuming the developer of an application is the best programmer in the world, the “best” thing to do would be to write the entire codebase alone. This would eliminate the bugs, vulnerabilities, and malicious intrusions of inferior developers. We at Qvault recognize that we aren’t the best … Read more Security in Dependencies

Guard Clauses: How to clean up Conditionals

One of the first techniques developers learn is the if/else statement. For obvious reasons if/else statements are a primary way to create logic trees. This is where we handle calculations differently depending on the input variables. However, complex and nested if/else statements become a cognitive burden to reason about. Therefore, it can be hard for … Read more Guard Clauses: How to clean up Conditionals

Automatic Cross-Platform Deployments with Electron on a CI Server (Travis)

This is a tutorial on how to setup an Electron app on Travis CI, so that new versions are deployed to Github Releases with a simple pull request. Boilerplate I created a boilerplate repo that has all the necessary configuration to deploy a minimalistic app to Github releases. If you get lost during the tutorial … Read more Automatic Cross-Platform Deployments with Electron on a CI Server (Travis)