Build It Today

Allan Anderson
reflections on technology, mostly build and release
Created 12 Sep 2021
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  • I Just Want to Run the Program
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Let’s say I want to run Inky, the editor and testing program for Inkle’s Ink “narrative scripting language for games.” Ink lets me write choice-based narratives and embed them in the web, in Unity gam...
  • Beyond the Basic Stuff
    18 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    This is another book review. It’s Beyond the Basic Stuff with Python: Best Practices for Writing Clean Code, by Python popularizer Al Sweigart. (The book is free on his site! Thanks, Al!) As a mostly ...
  • The Best Linux Book
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    When I first started learning about Linux and Unix, we didn’t have YouTube tutorials. We didn’t have hundreds of hints sites, or StackOverflow’s kindred. We had manual pages. We had HOWTOs and RFCs. W...
  • Continuous Integration Choices
    28 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    In the olden days, we ran big builds that took hours. We ran them automatically, maybe twice a day, on all our target systems. They ground along, and we tried to figure out just how much of that time ...
  • DevOps and Job Titles
    25 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Let’s all say it together: “DevOps is a philosophy, not a title.” This is a trendy statement! But that doesn’t keep the word “DevOps” out of a hojillion job search results. I even have “DevOps Enginee...
  • Why Snap instead of Docker?
    25 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I don’t think I have to sell anyone on containers at this point. But for the sake of comparison, let’s go over what they give you. You have your app, in a clearly defined and versioned environment (li...
  • Linux on the Desktop
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Maybe you remember the big push to mainstream Linux for end-users. It’s still going on. But it’s already happened. A bit more than 20 years ago, folks were worried Microsoft was abusing its monopoly s...
  • Simple JavaScript Builds with Vite
    22 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    When I talk with people who have been doing web development for a while, they always seem to complain about contemporary tooling. Modern Life = Unnecessary Complications The way they tell it, if we wa...
  • The Bird's-Eye Lowdown
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I want to know what my computer is doing. This desire appears old-fashioned. Who cares about computers any more? Give the people what they really want: Prometheus and Grafana charts reporting on their...
  • Educational Technology in the Trenches
    18 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    As students returned to the classroom this Fall (2021), they brought with them a slew of habits around remote education. As in, where is the site in which education happens? Classroom teachers, having...
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