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Week 269 - Interesting links

Indieweb Homebrew website club meeting in London

Taken from the event page itself:

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever…

We’re hosting this at our office next Wednesday (19th March) so please do come along if the paragraph above sounds interesting. CR

QuickCast. Make. Publish. Share. 3 Minute Screencasts

I had a quick play with this when I was recording the screencast to demonstrate the FreeAgent transaction helper. While it certainly does what it says, I couldn’t see any real benefit over recording the screencast with QuickTime Player and hosting that on a service of my choosing (Google Drive in my case). I can see that the automatic creation of gifs could be useful, but they weren’t generated for my screencast as it was over the maximum size. CR

A Walk Through Time With C A Mathew | Spitalfields Life

Great photos taken nearly 100 years apart and merged together. I love those where the people appear to see each other over the gap of time.

I don’t know if it’s the same artist but these are similar to the “London now and then” photos on the BBC. CR

Test-Driven Development (that’s not what we meant) [video]

So far I’ve only watched about half of this talk by Steve Freeman, but along with the slides it seems to contain some useful insights into test-driven development. JM

Slow Tests Are the Symptom, Not the Cause

Although I’m not sure I agree with all the details of this article, I do agree with the title and much of the sentiment within it. JM

Transitioning Persona to Community Ownership

It’s a shame that Mozilla are no longer putting development effort into Persona and Browser ID. Hopefully the community will keep pushing it forward. JM

Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

I’ve previously mentioned how important it is to see things from other people’s point of view. Although I haven’t read it yet, this book and the associated Empathy Library caught my eye. JM


The GitHub blame view has links in the left hand margin to the last commit where a given line was changed. This Chrome Extension adds a ^ link alongside those commit links so you can navigate to a blame view for the same file, but at the commit before the one where the change was made. This makes it easier to find the commits which have affected a given line of code. JM

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