My name is Brandur Leach (@brandur). I'm an engineer at Stripe, and am interested in service engineering, APIs, Vim, Tmux, Ruby, Go, terminal productivity, running, fixed gear riding, history, urban design, and metal.


  • A Guide to Free CA-Signed Certificates

    Getting a certificate that most browsers would accept used to be difficult and expensive, but that's changing as we enter a relative golden age of web encryption. Read this for options for getting certificates issued for free.

  • My Heroku Values

    Some of my favorite practices and ideas from almost four years at Heroku.

  • Exploring Object Hierarchies in Psql

    Using backslash commands in psql to navigate and describe object hierarchy in Postgres and Redshift.

  • Running at Stripe

    Crunching running data with prepared statements in Postgres.

  • Rate Limiting, Cells, and GCRA

    Implementing rate limiting using Generic Cell Rate Algorithm (GCRA), a sliding window algorithm without a drip process.

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