listening to your friends' jams with last.fm

June 15, 2024  ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Quite a while ago, I wrote some Spotify code that would find places when my Discover Weekly playlist would intersect with those of my friends and coworkers. This was fun. Every once in a while, I talked about other things that might be fun, along those lines. I tend not to do too much with those ideas, because the Spotify API is often missing exactly the method I want, and I can work around it, but it becomes too much of a pain. Also, Iโ€™m a little lazy when the project will need other people to be interested, unless Iโ€™m sure they will be. Who wants to launch a flop to their friends?

workflower, for my dzil testing workflows

June 2, 2024  ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Starting ages ago, once in a while somebody would show up and offer me a commit that would add some automated testing system to my open source repositories. I liked the idea, but it always felt like a free puppy. I didnโ€™t know how it worked, I didnโ€™t know how the YAML file (always YAML!) was put together, and I didnโ€™t know what I was supposed to do when something went wrong.

I wrote some code to use the 1Password CLI

May 25, 2024  ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ”

Every time I store an API token in a plaintext file or an environment variable, it creates a lingering annoyance that follows me around whenever I go. Every year or two, another one of these lands on the pile. I am finally working on purging them all. Iโ€™m doing it with the 1Password CLI, and so far so good.

World Uncovered is cool

May 19, 2024  โœˆ๏ธ

Years ago, I found an iOS app called World Uncovered. I used it for a while, then forgot about it, then started using it again. Itโ€™s pretty cool, and I keep telling people about it, so I thought Iโ€™d write a post about it.

Data::Fake::CPAN (a PTS 2024 supplement)

May 12, 2024  ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป

One of the things I wrote at the first PTS (back when it was called the Perl QA Hackathon) was Module::Faker. I wrote about it back then (way back in 2008), and again eleven years later. Itโ€™s a library that, given a description of a (pretend) CPAN distribution, produces that distribution as an actual file on disk with all the files the dist should have.

I read Fluent Python

February 18, 2024  ๐Ÿ

Almost a year ago, I started reading Fluent Python. I finished it yesterday, and I have to say, it was great. With a few big breaks for various uninteresting reasons, I read a chapter or two each weekend. Itโ€™s one of the best technical books Iโ€™ve read in years, and I think itโ€™s going to significantly improve my use of Python.