Release versioning

There are several different strategies for versioning releases. I’ll cover a few of them quickly. Semver {major}.{minor}.{patch} (or to be a bit more clear) {breaking}.{feature}.{fix} Add in a new feature? Do a minor bump. Change an API? That’s a major. Pretty common, pretty easy, well supported. The Git Hash This is my preferred strategy and one I use for the iris chatbot. Since there are multiple people releasing multiple versions from different branches she doesn’t have a “golden release”.
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Pax

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How to talk about tech: a primer

Everyone has read a blog post that starts with a grand claim such as “MyLatestDB is the fastest database ever!", or more than likely, “LatestHatedTech is the worst thing ever made ever.” It’s probably pretty obvious the issue with this and instead of ripping apart this approach I’m going to recommend a better one. My goal here isn’t to be exhaustive, but provide a general guide of how to write blog posts about tech appropriately.
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Quick n’ Dirty: Keyboard Navigation

I was recently on a comic website and was struggling heavily with their poor UI layout that made navigating pages quite painful so I wrote a tiny tampermonkey script to add in WASD style navigation. This particular site has both between issue and in-issue Previous/Next, so there is a “next page” and a “next comic” button. For compatibility this is written as an ES5 IIFE with ye-olde dom events instead of some sexier DOM 3 tricks.
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Open Data

So one of my big focuses in a lot of my projects is less about open sourcing my code (though that’s important) and more about open sourcing my underlying data. To be honest most of the time while I like my code, it’s not really all that special - just about any competent developer could reproduce something close enough. What is special is my data which enables my project. This idea of data being important is a double edged sword.
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This blog & the tech that powers it

This blog isn’t all that interesting tech wise, but I wanted to take a moment to cover it for those with a passing interest. It’s a jekyll core with a very hacked on midnight theme, currently using jemoji for the :heart:s, :poop: and :laughing:. Code is styled with the very fancy and very awesome Fira Code font so that things like this are a thing: 'use strict'; const myFunc = (.
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Oh, hello there

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