Software engineer and technology hobbyist

I’m Kaden, a software engineer based in Salt Lake City. Professionally, I specialize in system infrastructure, code architecture and application security.

Accessing an AWS ElastiCache Cluster from Outside AWS

This week, I needed to access an AWS ElastiCache cluster from outside AWS. This is a problem because, as AWS says in their docs "the service is designed to be accessed exclusively from within AWS". This article explains how to use an NLB for a better solution to this problem than the AWS recommended solution.

Book Review 2023

It's that time of year again. This will be my fourth annual book review blog post! I have tried several times to use Goodreads to track what I'm reading, but several things keep bringing me back to these posts. I put in a good amount of reading this year though so let's review.

Goodbye SimpleNexus

When I started working at SimpleNexus six years ago, I had no idea how much personal growth I would experience during my time there. Over the last six years, I have learned a great deal and have been able to develop both personally and professionally. This chapter in my life has now come to a close. I wanted to write this blog post as a bookend to reflect on all the great memories and experiences I've had at SimpleNexus, as well as the software engineer I have become.

Book Review 2022

This year I read 28 books! Although there are some clear winners, I enjoyed reading them all. I'd recommend each of them to different people based on their interests. My biggest rading accomplishment though was finishing all 15 Wheel of Time books!

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