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    1. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      14 votes
    2. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      14 votes
    3. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      13 votes
    4. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      8 votes
    5. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      12 votes
    6. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      10 votes
    7. What tasks on your computer have you automated?

      After using Shreddit to delete my Reddit history periodically for some time now, I finally decided to make a cron job to automate it on a weekly basis. I use it to delete every post and comment...

      After using Shreddit to delete my Reddit history periodically for some time now, I finally decided to make a cron job to automate it on a weekly basis. I use it to delete every post and comment that isn't whitelisted, which right now is just a tiny subreddit for a musician I like that I solely moderate and a pinned post explaining why I have a bunch of karma but barely any posts.

      After setting this up, it got me curious as to what tasks other people automate in their lives in order to streamline their workflows and eliminate minor (or major) routine tasks.

      So, what do you automate, and how did you go about doing it?

      18 votes
    8. Do you run your own blog for personal use?

      I know this has been posted before, but I was going through old posts about blogging and at least half the blogs linked in the comments were offline now, so I thought I'd bring this topic back to...

      I know this has been posted before, but I was going through old posts about blogging and at least half the blogs linked in the comments were offline now, so I thought I'd bring this topic back to light.

      Do you run your own personal blog, and if so, could you share some details?

      • Is it self-hosted, or do you rent server space?

      • Do you use Wordpress or another blog platform like that, publish through other means like a flat-file CMS, or did you build it from scratch?

      • What topics do you write about?

      • How consistently do you post; or alternatively, why don't you post as often as you would like to?

      • Do you keep analytics, or do you write regardless of how many clicks you get?

      • Is your site monetized with ads or otherwise?

      • How popular is your blog on average?

      • How do you keep up with other writers' posts?

      I'm bringing this up because it seems like most places around the web centered on blogging are more in it for the money rather than for the content. Places like /r/blogging and the like are all talk about how to maximize views, earn revenue, and find your niche. I'd love to see some discussion more geared towards the content and construction of individual blogs, as opposed to people trying the next "get rich quick" scheme on their lists of passive income opportunities.

      Personally, I have multiple blogs for the sole purpose of giving me a platform to voice my opinions or share things that interest me without being constrained to a centralized platform like Twitter or Medium. I'd love to hear what you have all made and/or shared online, as well as the process behind making it happen.

      27 votes
    9. What arcade game would you like to see preserved at a source code level?

      Hi All, I have recently completed a software archaeology project, reverse engineering Space Invaders si78c, and would like to cast around for opinions as to which game(s) to do next. I am...

      Hi All,

      I have recently completed a software archaeology project, reverse engineering Space Invaders si78c, and would like to cast around for opinions as to which game(s) to do next.

      I am currently thinking of doing either Pacman, Donkey Kong or Galaga but am willing to entertain suggestions about other games of a similar vintage. Please go into detail as to why you think it's an important title.

      Eventually I would like to tackle bigger games from the home micro / console market, but they are most likely out of scope for now.

      Please note, this is very labour intensive work, taking several months / years at a time depending on title complexity, and I will most likely only do a handful of these (barring any great advances) in my lifetime.

      Cheers,
      Jason

      18 votes
    10. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      8 votes
    11. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      10 votes
    12. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      19 votes
    13. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      10 votes
    14. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      17 votes
    15. What git commands do you use frequently that you think more people should use?

      Some of my favorites are: git add -p * This will go through your unstaged changes in chunks and allow you to stage each chunk individually in an interactive shell. git checkout -p * Similar to the...

      Some of my favorites are:


      git add -p *

      This will go through your unstaged changes in chunks and allow you to stage each chunk individually in an interactive shell.


      git checkout -p *

      Similar to the above, this will go through your unstaged changes and allow you to undo each chunk. I almost never use Ctrl+Z anymore and go straight for this. Want to remove all of those print-debugging statements? Use this command to pluck them out one-by-one.


      git commit -a --amend --no-edit && git push --force-with-lease

      I alias this one to whoops in my bash profile. It will add all unstaged changes, add them to your last commit and then (safely) force-push the local branch to the tracked remote branch. This is especially useful when working with CI and you need to make constant configuration changes to get it to work. Yes, you could squash those commits afterwards as an alternative. But this is easier.


      git rebase -i HEAD~5

      (Change 5 to the number of previous commits you want to see)

      Interactive rebases are a core part of my git flow when working on feature branches. If a co-worker gives me feedback on a code review that requires a change to a previous commit I'll go back and edit that commit using this command. You can remove individual commits, squash commits, reorder commits, and so much more.

      25 votes
    16. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      17 votes
    17. Do you use Github Actions for continuous integration?

      I recently came across an article about setting up automated builds (installation, code quality check, running tests) using Github Actions. I've since found a few more articles excitedly promoting...

      I recently came across an article about setting up automated builds (installation, code quality check, running tests) using Github Actions. I've since found a few more articles excitedly promoting the feature and, from my personal testing, it seems to work quite well.

      I was wondering if others had begun using this feature for their own projects, or had tried it and disliked it and used something else. Is there any broader community consensus towards which tasks it's best-suited for and when to use something more robust?

      10 votes
    18. Which are your top five computer programs?

      In terms of Utility: It is useful! Reliability: It will always work when you need it to! Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came...

      In terms of

      1. Utility: It is useful!
      2. Reliability: It will always work when you need it to!
      3. Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came along.
      4. Aesthetic: It satisfies your sense of beauty: It gives you the same kind of feeling a painting or a poem would.
      5. Transcendence: It transcends the zeitgeist and is the simplest it can and thus ought to be.

      Mine are:

      1. Vim
      2. mutt
      3. The Lucas Arts point and click adventure games
      4. A Lisp interpreter
      5. grep
      32 votes
    19. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      4 votes
    20. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      9 votes
    21. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      12 votes
    22. What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why?

      This question was inspired by this article: Programming Languages to focus on 2020 As well as its discussion on Lobsters So, what programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? Are there...

      This question was inspired by this article:

      As well as its discussion on Lobsters

      So, what programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? Are there any languages, frameworks, or technologies you will not be able to focus on, but want to? Are there any that you will be focusing on, but do not want to?

      25 votes
    23. Exotic threats in mobile testing...

      I'm currently in the process of reading the excellent "Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach". Early on the following is mentioned. Test common threats before exotic...

      I'm currently in the process of reading the excellent "Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach". Early on the following is mentioned.

      Test common threats before exotic threats.

      Seems reasonable enough. That said, it got me thinking It'd be cool to generate a list of such threats for future devs/testers to draw on. So...I'm calling on the collective experience of any Tilders involved in iOS or Android development to lend a hand.

      In your time working on mobile, what issues have you encountered that you would you classify as exotic? I.e those issues that infrequently arise but when they do can cause major damage. Any and all help is appreciated.

      4 votes
    24. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      13 votes
    25. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      11 votes
    26. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      13 votes
    27. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      17 votes
    28. Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it?

      I've been trying to learn CSS. I went through the relevant sections of Colt Steele's Web Bootcamp. It is mostly focused on Bootstrap, which disappointed me a bit. So I went through MDN to learn...

      I've been trying to learn CSS. I went through the relevant sections of Colt Steele's Web Bootcamp. It is mostly focused on Bootstrap, which disappointed me a bit. So I went through MDN to learn Flexbox and CSS Grid, which seemed like a better alternative. The fundamentals are easy enough, but when I try to make a layout everything gets mixed in my head (even though I have the documentation open at all times). The impression I get is that modern CSS is not one thing, but a bunch of little things that resemble each other in a confusing way. It's hard to infer stuff and there are gotchas everywhere. I know this is not a programming language, but it is at least programming-related. Learning CSS feels more like learning English than a technology: you must accept that it's not a cohesive system, but rather the culmination of a long historical process full of random developments.

      I tried getting back to Bootstrap, but then I have to override a bunch of stuff I don't even know is there.

      I'm having a lot of trouble trying to put something very simple together. I just wanna leave that behind and go back to my beloved Python.

      I did not want this to be a rant, but it is now a rant. So be it :P

      This post has now a soundtrack.

      23 votes
    29. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      12 votes
    30. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      11 votes
    31. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      11 votes
    32. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      5 votes
    33. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      11 votes
    34. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      18 votes
    35. What programming/technical projects have you been working on?

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      22 votes
    36. How do you power your personal site/blog? What should I use?

      I currently have a personal "portfolio" site that I haven't updated in close to a year. I'm planning now on revamping it, and I am using this opportunity to reconsider the static site generator I...

      I currently have a personal "portfolio" site that I haven't updated in close to a year. I'm planning now on revamping it, and I am using this opportunity to reconsider the static site generator I am using.

      I host my site on Github pages, which means that Jekyll was originally very appealing due to its nice integration with Github. However, I have found it difficult to greatly customize the themes I find, and I'm the type of person that likes to get everything "just right". It seems like Hugo might be more extensible in this regard, but I'm not sure if that alone makes it worth the switch from my current setup. Anecdotally, a lot of the blogs I find whose layouts I really like tend to use Hugo.

      Pure HTML/CSS is an option but that seems like a big overhead for what I want. I'm no web developer and I don't plan on becoming one.

      15 votes
    37. What's your dream laptop for running *nix?

      What's your dream laptop for running *nix? I'm currently using a Lenovo Thinkpad T410s, and it's getting ready to die. I think it's a great machine, but every computer eventually dies. It runs...

      What's your dream laptop for running *nix?

      I'm currently using a Lenovo Thinkpad T410s, and it's getting ready to die. I think it's a great machine, but every computer eventually dies. It runs Debian 8 (Jessie), but it can't handle 9 (Stretch) without overheating. On top of that, I need to use the proprietary drivers! My computer got dropped on the floor today (not my fault!), and it got me thinking that maybe it's time to start shopping for a new laptop.

      What are your ideas about what a good laptop for *nix OS's? Any recommendations? What should I look for? What should I avoid?

      I love having a SSD HDD, and playing with different distros, but I'd like to avoid the headache I've had with the propitiatory Intel drivers. I like to have control of my hardware, but still use the latest software. If a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone could match the performance of a laptop then I'd seriously consider using one.

      26 votes
    38. What is hiring in software engineering like for a person with a specialization? (e.g. computer vision)

      (I figure I might have more success asking here than HN. Maybe I should get a lobste.rs account? If this is the wrong place, feel free to move.) My background isn't in software engineering -- it's...

      (I figure I might have more success asking here than HN. Maybe I should get a lobste.rs account? If this is the wrong place, feel free to move.)

      My background isn't in software engineering -- it's in ECE. The majority of my projects so far have been in implementing ECE theory, then evaluating those approaches experimentally. I may even pursue a master's focusing further on computer vision (image processing, data analysis, machine learning).

      My work is software adjacent, but I don't know if it's what you'd typically think of when you hear "software engineering". Most of the hiring advice I see online, though, geared towards pure software engineering grads. Silicon Valley and FAANG dominate the conversation. So, I have trouble parsing what advice is applicable to me, and what's only relevant for others. (e.g. should I be throwing myself into Cracking the Code Interview, and practicing algorithms and data structures? Do I even need a master's to pursue my niche?)

      How do I find out what's expected of me in a more specific field? How do I build a career that allows me to be a specialist, rather than a generalist?

      5 votes
    39. Which language would you pick to completely rewrite BSD, Linux, etc.?

      It'd my understanding that C has stuck around in the UNIX world for so long, nearly half a century, mostly due to the inertia of legacy code. If you could snap your fingers and magically port/fork...

      It'd my understanding that C has stuck around in the UNIX world for so long, nearly half a century, mostly due to the inertia of legacy code.

      If you could snap your fingers and magically port/fork the entire stack of open source codebases to the language of your choice, which would you pick and why?

      20 votes
    40. What are you coding today?

      What are you coding? Or are you reading a CS paper? and of course, have you read SICP today? ___-------___ _-~~ ~~-_ _-~ /~-_ /^\__/^\ /~ \ / \ /| O|| O| / \_______________/ \ | |___||__| / / \ \...

      What are you coding? Or are you reading a CS paper?

      and of course, have you read SICP today?
      
                                   ___-------___
                               _-~~             ~~-_
                            _-~                    /~-_
         /^\__/^\         /~  \                   /    \
       /|  O|| O|        /      \_______________/        \
      | |___||__|      /       /                \          \
      |          \    /      /                    \          \
      |   (_______) /______/                        \_________ \
      |         / /         \                      /            \
       \         \^\\         \                  /               \     /
         \         ||           \______________/      _-_       //\__//
           \       ||------_-~~-_ ------------- \ --/~   ~\    || __/
             ~-----||====/~     |==================|       |/~~~~~
              (_(__/  ./     /                    \_\      \.
                     (_(___/                         \_____)_)
      
      29 votes