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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Handmade Hero - Game made from scratch with each line of code explained on: December 18, 2014, 05:45:28 PM
Perhaps also of interest:

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Although it’s unclear exactly what kind of game Handmade Hero will end up being, Casey says that the project will take at least into 2016 to complete. Before the release, however, people can pre-order the game for $15 and receive access to the full source code. Also, two years after the game’s release, the source code will be released into the public domain.

Thanks for sharing this.
2  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Rx (Reactive Extensions): A Flavor of Functional Reactive Programming on: December 17, 2014, 12:45:20 AM
Have been working to wrap head around Rx.  The going has been slow, but recently came across some resources that have been...better than what I had found before:

  • RxJSKoans - once the set-up was complete, this was helpful especially because of the small chunks and interactive experience...didn't know anything about QUnit though and it had been quite a while since interacting with NodeJS, so had to learn / brush up on some of that...some of the code seems a bit buggy which tends to work against the learning experience, but that's a relatively minor point.  The links below the 'Reactive Extensions Class Library' section of the RxJS repository page were helpful -- the fact that the example code seems to often enough reference other library functions does not tend to facilitate newbies looking to shave less yaks, but way better than nothing.
  • Netflix JavaScript Talks - Async JavaScript with Reactive Extensions - nice (and humorous) talk by Jafar Husain (cf. LearnRx Tutorial below) -- via comment on reddit by an RxJS author -- btw, there's a glitch / subliminal advertising(?) at 13:55 or so Wink
  • LearnRX Tutorial - 'a series of interactive exercises for learning Microsoft's Reactive Extensions (Rx) Library for Javascript' - interactive with relatively small chunk-size like RxJS Koans...not quite finished with this and haven't reached the "Reactive" part yet...watching the talk first may help
  • The introduction to Reactive Programming you've been missing - taking a look at this after having gone through some of the RxJS koans was helpful.
  • 'Additional Reading' section of RxJava repository - a collection of resources, many of which somehow I hadn't managed to find in the months since I first started investigating.
  • RxMarbles - Interactive diagrams of Rx Observables - interesting (try dragging and dropping some marbles) but slightly buggy?

Anyone else experienced with / looking into such things and have helpful resources to share?
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: OS News on The Devaluing Effect of the Application Store Model on: December 17, 2014, 12:26:14 AM
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I'm pretty sure the exact same trends apply to the Play Store - just with far lower revenue numbers.

It would be interesting to see reliable data for the Play Store case.

Thanks for sharing.
4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 15, 2014, 07:11:42 PM
TYVM smiley
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 15, 2014, 07:38:06 AM
lwatcdr

I give up.  Please tell me what that stands for smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 15, 2014, 03:15:35 AM
Thanks for the feedback and link.  Haven't tried it yet -- interested in seeing how practical it would be to create a live system prepared for something like Android development but am waiting for motivation to build before attempting smiley
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: The Grumpy Programmer - great blog by a well-seasoned programmer on: December 14, 2014, 09:25:56 PM
Note the Kinesis keyboard in the comic Wink  Ok, may be, may be not...

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When someone tells you something is new, and it is new to you, why shouldn't you believe them? The obvious answer is that people pushing the next big thing are trying to get rich and will lie like a rug to get there. Been there, almost done that. Another reason is that enthusiasm is infectious. It is just fun to jump on something that seems new and exciting. But, mostly the media have little to write about so they all jump on the same new idea and hype it.
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 14, 2014, 05:51:04 PM
Haven't done much recently with Lua, but I remember the lua-users site to be helpful and specifically the Learning Lua wiki page to be a relevant starting point for learning lua.

I understand it's used for extension in a number of projects -- e.g. VLC, wireshark, etc, -- and this presents one potentially nice approach for learning the language: identify a project (preferably one you have interest in) that's using it for plugins/extensions and start studying the existing plugins/extensions, including modifying them and writing one's own.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 13, 2014, 02:25:34 AM
Just came across Systemback via this article.  Anyone given this a try with Linux Mint?

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Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users configuration files. In case of problems you can easily restore the previous state of the system. There are extra features like system copying, system installation and Live system creation.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 07:11:57 PM
Congratulations!

Odd that 'which' wasn't there already....quite "minimal" as you said.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 06:22:20 PM
A quick glance suggests that .install.sh is checking for grep -- it's just a shell script and grepping for 'grep' in the source tree doesn't turn up much so it might be worth just commenting out the checking for grep in .install.sh and trying again.



BTW, if you don't mind sharing, if you execute 'which grep' on the command line, what is the result you see?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A little CentOS 7 help please :) on: December 12, 2014, 07:57:17 AM
Link to source code / tarball under consideration?
13  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 12, 2014, 07:19:33 AM
One of the features that caught my eye was the debugger -- I didn't quite get it to work on my *nix installation though.  Of course there's the official debugger, but I was looking for something a bit more flashy.

In the mean time I'm using Devel::REPL for some interactive development -- which is better than nothing, but it leaves me feeling that it needs some love and attention...

In any case, good luck with your Perl-ing!
14  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 12, 2014, 12:43:39 AM
Indeed, Light Table is quite something.



On a side note, the talk that inspired the creator had some nifty things too!
15  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 11, 2014, 05:27:03 PM
That one looks very interesting. I think I'm going to give it a whirl. Thmbsup

Interested to hear how that goes for you.

The creator of Clojure has some interesting things to say too.
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: December 11, 2014, 05:24:15 PM
I've been using Perl (5 series) lately too -- recalling that use strict and use warnings are my friends smiley

On Windows, I've had some good success using a portable version of Strawberry Perl.

Packaging up results for distribution for Windows is something I'm still sorting out -- some things tried include: CitrusPerl and PAR::Packer.



On a side note, have you given Padre a try?
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 08, 2014, 05:52:48 PM
That looks promising.

Thanks for mentioning it again smiley



Got it installed -- needed to add another apt repository to get at it.  Hope to test it soon.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Entry: SedTester on: December 08, 2014, 07:26:12 AM
Ah, I see the link in the screenshot.

Good luck in any case smiley
19  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Entry: SedTester on: December 07, 2014, 07:19:43 PM
Compatibility with MONO so it can be run on Linux (GUI)

Interested in trying this out if it comes to pass smiley

On a side note, do you already have plans for displaying some sed docs or links to docs?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox update download trap on: December 06, 2014, 07:47:11 PM
I would suggest switching to Firefox Portable

smiley
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 05, 2014, 08:50:32 AM
smiley



FWIW, in the case of DB Browser for SQLite, I ended up patching the "formulas" for qt and sqlite and installed libsqlite3-dev.  But now I have a recent version running.



These days it looks like if one wanted to become familiar with Sh/Bash, Guile Scheme, Nix, or Ruby and happened to be into compiling from source (aka trying out new software), one could spend some time playing with BSD|Arch|Gentoo package/port systems, guix, nixpkgs, or (home|linux)brew respectively and learn a bit via osmosis...



On a side note, I'm not sure how well some of the software "installed" this way will survive being backed up and restored using official Linux Mint methods...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 04, 2014, 09:22:52 PM
Set up under Linux Mint 17 was pretty staight-forward (see project page for specifics):

  • install some prerequisites
  • run a shell script / git clone
  • edit one's environment appropriately
  • logged out and back in for simplicity

Was looking for an up-to-date DB Browser for SQLite (the default repositories have a 2.x-based version AFAICT)...however, apparently one should first:

[copy or print]
$ brew doctor

Then if everything is ok:

[copy or print]
$ brew search sqlitebrowser

That gave a result, so next:

[copy or print]
$ brew install sqlitebrowser

Now I'm waiting for downloads and likely compilation to finish...



Looks like that one will take a while...in the mean time, was able to install vim and tmux successfully.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Linuxbrew: A Fork of Homebrew for Linux on: December 04, 2014, 08:58:34 PM
Anyone tried this package manager?

Some claimed features:

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* Can install software to a home directory and so does not require sudo
* Install software not packaged by the native distribution
* Install up-to-date versions of software when the native distribution is old
* Use the same package manager to manage both your Mac and Linux machines

via Linuxbrew Project Page
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX - Mint 17.1 (Rebecca) ISOs are now available for download on: December 03, 2014, 07:35:36 PM
I didn't locate info regarding restoring one's software selection when it contains things from repositories that one might have added.

Any hints on this?




For reference, it looks like at least one file gets created containing at least package names (if I had to guess I'd guess it's the result of something like dpkg --get-selections).  I don't see any information about additional repositories...

One of the comments at the 'instructions' was:

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But I have to say, the main advantage of the "Package upgrade" is missing: you don't have to redo all the customization and re-install all the software that is not available in the repositories.

In particular, with a fresh install you loose all the settings in /etc and all the software in either /opt or /usr/local.

Hmm...IIUC under /etc/ somewhere is where which repositories are used is stored...I guess that can be done manually...and before restoring software selections.



Ah, here's something:

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If you were using PPA or other repositories and if some of your previously installed packages are not found by the present system, these packages will appear in the list but you won't be able to select them. If that is the case, update your APT sources using the Menu -> Administration -> Software Sources tool to add the missing repositories, then click on the "Refresh" button in the Backup Tool.

Note: The "Refresh" button refreshes the list, not your APT cache. If you update your /etc/apt/sources.list manually, make sure to run "apt update" in the terminal.

I guess I better make note of extra repositories smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting things done? Hey, slow down there, speedy... on: December 03, 2014, 07:29:35 AM
Don't just do something, stand there!
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