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On Mocking Rust - May 21, 2018 Rant  Rust  Potboiler 

I’ve recently picked Potboiler back up again with the intention of doing some expansion work on it, but in order to be able to do this sensibly I first had to actually write some tests for it. First time around I was mostly just trying to hack it together and see where I could get, but…

Bazel: Fast, Correct, Usable – choose two - March 14, 2018 Rant  Tools 

I’d recently gotten reminded about Bazel, Google’s ‘boil the ocean‘ build system, and decided to give it a proper go. TL;DR – it’s not ready yet, and might not ever be, unless you’re willing to throw away everything else. I’m generally on the lookout for good build systems. Some of my colleagues are perfectly happy…

Wharf: Dokku Web frontend - Feb. 28, 2018 Cloud  Python  Web 

As long-time readers of my posts may have noticed, most of the apps I talk about building here are deployed to Heroku. This is mainly because I’ve been a long-term user of theirs, and so when they changed their pricing model a couple of years ago, I got grandfathered in a ridiculous number of free hours.…

Sked: merged calendars as a service - Jan. 22, 2018 Python  Tools  Web 

I have a little bit of an obsession with calendars, mostly generated ones via a variety of tools. I don’t do well with pen-and-paper for this sort of things, and one of these days I will write the Grand Unified Todo Manager To Rule Them All (which will also eat emails, Calendars and probably a…

Panegyric: showing off what we’ve done on Github - Jan. 4, 2018 Web  Tools 

Last month, I said we’d be talking more about open source work that we’re doing. This month, I’ve been building Panegyric, a WordPress plugin (which is what this site is written in). This plugin (which isn’t live on the site yet, but will be soon) lists all the Github pull requests we’ve recently done. However…

Business Idea: Animal Sanctuary video feeds - Dec. 10, 2017 Business Ideas 

A while back I built a tool for displaying live videos of kittens. At the time, one of the things I discovered was that despite there being umpteen billions of cat videos on the internet, there are relatively few live video streams (and only one tortoise feed AFAIK). One of the main ones is TinyKittens, who do great work with feral cats, but I was always wondering about why there isn't more of this sort of thing. Then yesterday I was at the demo day for Escape the City's Career Change Accelerator (which my partner has been on recently), and one of their cohort mentioned wanting to work in a turtle sanctuary, which made me think about this problem again.

You should be contributing to open source. Yes, all of you! - Nov. 28, 2017 Pontification 

In the wake of Hacktoberfest 2017 finishing (and I’ve managed to get the t-shirt again for the 3rd year in a row), I figured I’d try and convince a few more people to give back to open source projects. This is something I do just as part of my day-to-day work, and I want to…

AirDnD: How to do it - Nov. 7, 2017 Gaming  Pontification  Business Ideas 

So earlier today there was a tweet

Turns out it's not a radically new idea but I was still kinda curious and started plotting out how I'd do it.

Gasconade: Making blog posts for Twitter users - Sept. 6, 2017 Rust  Web 

Recently there’s been a lot of Twitter posts with the text ‘1/X’ or ‘Thread:’ in them, followed by umpteen other tweets because apparently the relevant poster both refuses to follow the parsimonious limits of the Twitter platform, and for some reason also refuses to write an actual blog post. Given these days the technical act…

Befunge for Clojurescript - Aug. 21, 2017 Clojure  Javascript  Web 

Having written the Beatnik interpreter a few months ago, I was recently reminded that my Befunge interpreter still didn’t have a Clojurescript version and, given it’s been almost exactly five years since that post, it’s about time. For the impatient, it’s hosted on Github pages. By default it loads ‘Hello World’, and there’s a couple…

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