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Gebildet: Writing Ebooks in Markdown

Last month I wrote a prototype markdown processor as part of learning the Icon programming language. This month I'm rewriting it as part of learning Go, but this time with the intention of...

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Syndicated 2013-02-03 14:24:00 from The Daily Build

Testing HTTP Basic Auth in Flask

I created a quick & dirty admin page for a flask-based website I'm working on, and I had to add HTTP authentication support for it. Doing this is easy. In the app, I add: import auth #...

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Syndicated 2013-01-31 04:29:00 from The Daily Build

A Small Project in Icon

(Background: 12 Projects in 2013) I wrote a bit about the general experience of programming in Icon a couple of weeks ago. This post is a brief post-mortem about a project that I tried to build...

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Syndicated 2013-01-26 21:30:00 from The Daily Build

Programming in Icon

(Background: 12 New Languages in 2012) Icon is a cool little programming language. It's worth learning, even if it isn't practical for daily use. Pros: Syntax is similar to C, which makes it easy...

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Syndicated 2013-01-15 01:11:00 from The Daily Build

12 Little Projects in 2013

As I mentioned in 12 New Languages, I'm learning a new programming language each month in 2013. To go along with this effort, I need a dozen things worth building -- one for each language. I'm going...

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Syndicated 2013-01-15 00:08:00 from The Daily Build

12 New Languages in 2013

I'm setting a personal goal in 2013 to learn a new programming language each month. Obviously, I won't be able to learn any of them in depth, but I plan on completing a small project in each...

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Syndicated 2013-01-05 23:26:00 from The Daily Build

Get notification when long running commands are done

I often launch a long running command (e.g. a build or firmware upgrade), then wander off to another virtual desktop to take care of a few small tasks while I’m waiting for the command to...

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Syndicated 2012-06-22 23:44:48 from The Daily Build

Offline RSS Readers on Linux

Building an RSS reader must be some kind of rite of passage. Everybody has probably started one at one point. (Hey, I’ve done it too.) It seems easy enough, right? Unfortunately, it is pretty...

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Syndicated 2012-06-22 12:24:18 from The Daily Build

Quick & Dirty “sniffer” for when you don’t have tcpdump

I recently needed a way to test if packets were reaching a linux device I’m testing. The device didn’t have tcpdump installed, so I didn’t have a real sniffer. Fortunately all I...

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Syndicated 2012-06-09 00:55:08 from The Daily Build

Don’t Forget dmenu

When you install i3 on Ubuntu via apt-get install i3-wm, it should come with dmenu, but it doesn’t. Dmenu is a handy launcher that you can (by default) invoke with mod-d, then start typing the...

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Syndicated 2012-05-19 00:03:03 from The Daily Build

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