There’s a lot to like about the Handmade Manifesto.

But I wish it hadn’t been quite so conflated with talk of avoiding abstraction and hand-rolled efficiency. Anyway, I’ll keep an eye on it.

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So I wasn’t actually planning this. But I’ve been working on Patterning again in the last week or so.

There’s a new version coming.

The bad news is that it’s going to break the “API” and your existing code. 🙁

The good news is that there will now actually BE an API. A real one, made with Protocols and defrecords that should be usable directly from Java without yet another wrapper. And will hopefully be more stable in future. 🙂

So, sorry for any inconvenience. But I think it’s all going to be a lot better from here on in.

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Clojure is a wonderful language. The more I use it, the more I like it.

But the default error reporting is catastrophically bad, forcing you to look through screensful of Java stack-trace for the needle of a bit of code that’s actually yours.

I’m sure there are better solutions, but today I just hacked a very quick and dirty python program to filter this result, highlighting the lines that I care about.


#!/usr/bin/python

import sys
p = sys.argv[1]

for line in sys.stdin :
    if p in line :
        print '33[92m' + line + '33[0m',
    else :
        print line,

I made this code in an executable file called “colourit” in my bin directory. Now I can do this :


lein test |& colourit patterning

to, for example, highlight lines containing the word “patterning”.

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So Clojure is getting Reader Conditionals ie. a way to put Clojure / ClojureScript etc. variants into ordinary source files.

It’s like .cljx files but without the separate pre-processor. Now the Clojure / ClojureScript compilers themselves will be able to pick out the variant of the code relevant to them.

Most of Patterning’s core is in .cljx format. I’m looking forward to moving to .cljc but it seems like this feature is so new (only in Clojure 1.7) I’d be better waiting a bit longer.

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Wow! Figwheel looks pretty damned interesting.

Another item for my Mind Traffic Control queue … try using it for Patterning apps.

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While on the subject of Project ThoughtStorms, I realized that the tools Quick Paste and Compare were broken.

These are now working again. Quick Paste lets you quickly paste a a bunch of paragraphs of text and get back an SFW formatted file that can be dropped directly into your pages directory in an SFW wiki,

Point Compare at two different SFW installations, and give it a page-name and it will show you a json diff of their underlying files.

Both are rough and ready, but can be useful.

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At one point I had SdiDesk converted to VB.NET because VB Classic was clearly deprecated and maybe VB.NET was the future.

In the event I never really liked this idea or immersed myself in VB.NET. But the code was sitting around on Google Code hosting.

Now Google Code is shutting down, I did the automatic export to GitHub. So it’s there if anyone’s interested.

Unless someone turns up with a lot of energy and enthusiasm (or cash 🙂 ) for taking this further I don’t plan to do anything with it. But the beauty of open-source is that it’s there, on GitHub, so someone might.

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