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Mattia Fregola 2023-07-30 22:36:42

" Wikifunctions is a Wikimedia project for everyone to collaboratively create and maintain a library of code functions to support the Wikimedia projects and beyond, in the world's natural and programming languages."

Includes an interesting sort-of-structured-editor in the playground too

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Chris Knott 2023-07-31 04:36:46

Congratulations Denny Vrandečić! I remember when this was still called Wikilambda.

Looks like editing is due to open up tomorrow

Denny Vrandečić 2023-07-31 18:34:04

Thank you! Happy to answer any questions. Yes, editing access is planned to start rolling out tomorrow. We are super excited, and my biggest question is "will people get it?" 🙂 Let's see!

Nilesh Trivedi 2023-07-31 13:16:47

This reminded me of parantheses-hell in lisp-like languages:

Jack Rusher 2023-07-31 13:31:36

*parenthesis heaven

Eli Mellen 2023-07-31 16:46:32

what is a halo if not parenthesis for a head?

Eli Mellen 2023-07-31 16:47:12

though horns are also pretty parenthesis-like, too 😈 😇

Joe Grossberg 2023-07-31 17:26:10

Jack Rusher If you are ever in the Bay Area, please join us for the emacs SF meetup 🤓

We get together for coffees monthly, on Saturday afternoons.

Jack Rusher 2023-07-31 18:38:51

If it could be on the early side, I could join the meetup for the 16th of September. 🙂

Paul Tarvydas 2023-08-01 02:55:19

Oh, the irony!

Nesting things makes sense. Using a 1D notation to express nesting makes less sense. At about 6:21 he talks about the cause of switching from a more-sensible notation to a 1D notation. I suggest that ALL of our current programming languages suffer from this same kind of problem. Our programming languages are rooted in the phobias of the 1950's (and as far back as the 1600s, if one buys his argument). Our current hardware does not have the same limitations as hardware did in the 1950s. We CAN draw Vincula today, but we don’t. Instead, we continue to invent epicycles to work around having to draw Vincula and to avoid thinking more clearly about nesting. Oh, the irony.

Walker Griggs 2023-08-02 22:27:35

A new book caught my eye and maybe it'll catch yours?

Real Life in Real Time [available August 22, 2023]

The cultural ramifications of online live streaming, including its effects on identity and power in digital spaces.

Some consider live streaming—the broadcasting of video and/or audio footage live online—simply an internet fad or source of entertainment, yet it is at the center of the digital mediation of our lives. In this edited volume, Johanna Brewer, Bo Ruberg, Amanda L. L. Cullen, and Christopher J. Persaud present a broad range of essays that explore the cultural implications of live streaming, paying special attention to how it is shifting notions of identity and power in digital spaces. The diverse set of international authors included represent a variety of perspectives, from digital media studies to queer studies, from human-computer interaction to anthropology, and more.

📝 Real Life in Real Time: 9780262545655 | Books

The cultural ramifications of online live streaming, including its effects on identity and power in digital spaces. Some consider live streaming—the broadcasting of video and/or audio footage live...

Ivan Reese 2023-08-03 12:20:19

A fun but slightly puffy article about local-first in Wired:

Walker Griggs 2023-08-03 16:29:21

Shoutout that original Ink and Switch paper. Some stellar minds doing some stellar work

Nilesh Trivedi 2023-08-04 11:08:50

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Test-driven development has the potential to turn #programming into a gameplay-like experience. Add live collaborators, real-time evaluation of relevant tests, visual feedback etc.

I had built this toy more than a decade ago. The tests would be evaluated on each keystroke and visually indicated as Red vs Green. Felt like fun.

Would be great to have this as a VS code extension.

Denny Vrandečić 2023-08-04 18:03:15

We have something similar to that in Wikifunctions (we're rolling out editing rights slowly). You code in the central column, and the right column shows you the available tests for this implementation, and you can rerun them with a click while editing the code.

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Nilesh Trivedi 2023-08-05 01:26:59

Somebody showed me live tests working in VS Code with vitest:

📝 Sahil :penguin: (

Attached: 1 image It will run all the depended test too. I have shared a gif regarding it!

Indeed but everyone wants to mock test

Kartik Agaram 2023-08-04 18:04:12

Finding Meaning in Christopher Alexander's "The Nature of Order"

by Stefan Lesser

This is the most insightful talk I've watched in recent memory.


greg kavanagh 2023-08-04 18:30:34

Excellent. Im currently reading McGilchrists The matter with things. Thanks!

Konrad Hinsen 2023-08-06 12:32:40

A very nice synthesis indeed!