About Me

My name is Steve. I am a Principal Engineer at Relativity and an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at DePaul University.

My primary area of responsibility at Relativity is the storage system behind RelativityOne, Relativity’s cloud-based software-as-a-service e-Discovery product. I have designed and implemented a number of components in both the structured (SQL) and unstructured (object / file) storage backends. Before Relativity, I worked in the financial industry for 15 years, primarily for the financal research firm Morningstar. I am a CFA charterholder, but I rarely use these skills professionally nowadays.

At DePaul, I teach three courses: SE 480: Software Architecture I, SE 457: Service-Oriented Architecture, and SE 441: Continuous Delivery and DevOps. I have been teaching at DePaul since 2017.

For more about my professional history, please visit my LinkedIn profile.

I have blogged on-and-off since 2004. Over the last 15+ years, I have published a number of blog post series and projects on this website. I also have a number of open source projects on GitHub.

Recent Blog Posts

Practical Bazel: Supporting Trinary Stamp Attributes
Practical Bazel bazel stamping
Published: 2023-03-06
Practical Bazel: Supporting Trinary Stamp Attributes

In Bazel, stamping is the process of embedding additional information into built binaries, such as the source control revision or other workspace-related information. Rules that support stamping typically include an integer stamp attribute, where 1 means “always stamp”, 0 means “never stamp”, and -1 means “use the Bazel build --stamp flag. This blog post explains how to write a rule that supports these values.