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  • logseq

    A local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base. Use it to organize your todo list, to write your journals, or to record your unique life.

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    Atom syntax theme - East End Notebook

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  • SVG++

    C++ SVG library

    Congratulations, now you replaced a trivial file format that (from a quick glance at the code) needed about ~35 of easily readable and self-contained Lua code to parse with an external dependency that would be much larger and harder to follow and either having (at least) an XML parser as its own dependency or implementing its own XML parsing, as well as being at the mercy of their developers. Also unless you are using some highly popular library, you may end up with some abandoned dependency.

    Examples of both are at [0] (C++ based parser, you'd also need to write some bindings for lua) and [1] (Lua based parser for a subset of the format, abandoned for almost a decade).

    There are times when using an external dependency might be a good idea, but a text-based file format that describes lines and can be implemented in a few lines of code is not one.

    [0] https://github.com/svgpp/svgpp

    [1] https://github.com/luapower/svg_parser

  • svg_parser

    SVG parser in Lua

    Congratulations, now you replaced a trivial file format that (from a quick glance at the code) needed about ~35 of easily readable and self-contained Lua code to parse with an external dependency that would be much larger and harder to follow and either having (at least) an XML parser as its own dependency or implementing its own XML parsing, as well as being at the mercy of their developers. Also unless you are using some highly popular library, you may end up with some abandoned dependency.

    Examples of both are at [0] (C++ based parser, you'd also need to write some bindings for lua) and [1] (Lua based parser for a subset of the format, abandoned for almost a decade).

    There are times when using an external dependency might be a good idea, but a text-based file format that describes lines and can be implemented in a few lines of code is not one.

    [0] https://github.com/svgpp/svgpp

    [1] https://github.com/luapower/svg_parser

  • obsidian-releases

    Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian.

    For anyone looking in this direction, Obsidian[0] with the excalidraw-plugin[1] is an awesome solution: Free for personal use and cross-platform.

    [0]: https://obsidian.md/

  • DrawIt

    Ascii drawing plugin: lines, ellipses, arrows, fills, and more!

    People that liked this post may also be interested in drawit, a vim plugin that helps you create ascii diagrams.

    https://github.com/vim-scripts/DrawIt

  • blog

    Source code of my personal blog (by phiresky)

    becomes a colored bar chart with three bars. So the file is both kinda readable in a plain text editor, in a browser with js disabled (with React server side rendering), and in the richest version with JS enabled. I don't have a WYSIWYG editor for the widgets though, that's pretty neat.

    Full example:

    Markdown:

    https://github.com/phiresky/blog/blob/master/posts/2021/host...

    Corresponding post with interactive widgets:

    https://phiresky.github.io/blog/2021/hosting-sqlite-database...

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    Logseq documentation (by logseq)

  • mu

    Soul of a tiny new machine. More thorough tests → More comprehensible and rewrite-friendly software → More resilient society. (by akkartik)

    Yes thank you, I was indeed alluding to https://github.com/akkartik/mu. Perhaps a more precise term would be "software stack".

  • json.lua

    A lightweight JSON library for Lua

    Honestly, I just went with JSON because there's a nice Lua library for it (thank you https://github.com/rxi/json.lua).

    I haven't thought about the file format much so far, just the experience of writing in it as if it's the "ground truth". We all seldom open our text files in a hex editor.

  • TekGraphics

    Sample data for Tektronix graphics terminals and code for use with xterm

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