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  • Go + Hypermedia - A Learning Journey (Part 1)
    6 projects | | 23 Feb 2024
    1) Setting up the development environment - I currently use devcontainers for most things, but may also dig into nix -> isolated, portable, repeatable development environment 2) Exploring Echo - understand routing, requests, response, etc. 3) Incorporate Templ - integration with Echo, template composition, etc. 4) Integrating TailwindCSS - config for use with Echo/Templ, development cycle, deployment, etc. 5) Add in HTMX - endpoints, template structure, concepts, etc. 6) hyperscript for interactivity - client side interactivity
  • What it was like working for Gitlab
    3 projects | | 11 Feb 2024
    Semi-related, I would recommend to anyone who is a Linux native to try to find some kind of "minimum viable setup" that is really really easy for you to run out of VirtualBox or Parallels or something for this reason. No matter where you go, you know you can have a suite of tools which work just as you want them to there. Being able to tear it down and rebuild it quickly is also a great way to deal with debugging certain kinds of problems of the "it runs/doesn't run on my machine" category.

    How you do this is of course up to you. At one end of the spectrum is just relying on your memory. At the other end is using NixOS to get fully reproducible builds anywhere you go. Between these are a vast field of options. I know a guy who maintains an Ansible file set to `host: localhost` which installs everything he wants from that file. For me, I just stick with the latest Ubuntu version and maintain a few shell scripts [1] that install 80% of what I like to have on a new install.

    If you like the scientific approach, you can install something like and do some statistics on what programs you actually run most frequently based on your long term shell history.


  • Cloudflare R2-Backed Nix Binary Cache on
    2 projects | | 17 Jan 2024
    See for making content-addressed derivations supported by At that point, we can actually try out the XP feature at scale.

    Also see for this accepted RFC

    Once those things are done, we can get back to merging in the IPFS code.

    Now that there is an Nix team and I am on it, there is much, much less of an issue of these experiments being caught in limbo :).

  • The one thing I do not like about the Nix package manager (and a fix for it)
    3 projects | | 16 Jan 2024
    The nix package manager is an awesome package manager for linux and macos, which focuses on declarative packages. This means that you can dump out all the packages you want into a file, and nix will go out and fetch them for you.
  • NixOS: Declarative Builds and Deployments
    13 projects | | 14 Jan 2024
  • Beginners Intro to Trunk Based Development
    4 projects | | 4 Jan 2024
    Secondly, our development environments must not drift, because then code may behave differently and a change could pass on our machine but fail in production. There are many tools for locking down environments, e.g nix, pkgx, asdf, containers, etc., and they all share the common goal of being able to lock down dependencies for an environment accurately and deterministically. And that needs to be enforced in our local workflow so we don't have to rely on CI environments for correctness. All developers must have environments that are effectively identical to what runs in CI (which itself should be representative of the production environment).
  • Practical Guide to Trunk Based Development
    4 projects | | 4 Jan 2024
    There are many ways this can be done (e.g nix, pkgx, asdf, containers, etc.), and we won’t get into which specific tools to use, because we'll instead cover the essential essence of preventing environment drift:
  • How I use Nix in my Elm projects
    8 projects | | 19 Dec 2023
    Nix is a tool that allows you to make reproducible development environments. I've started using it in all my Elm side projects and I've had a good experience with it thus far. To pique your curiosity I just wanted to share my simple setup that has been working quite well for me.
  • Shopware Changes since the 6.0 Dev Training Videos
    5 projects | | 12 Dec 2023
    The latter one is based on nix OS using Symfony flex recipes and PHP packagist composer. The flex devenv should work cross-platform on Linux, Windows, and Mac. "The main difference to other tools like Docker or a VM is that it neither uses containerization nor virtualization techniques. Instead, the services run natively on your machine."
  • Is it necessary to rebuild everything ?
    2 projects | /r/rust | 7 Dec 2023
    The answer to your issue is to use something like Nix rather than rewrite everything.
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