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Rectball 0.4.9 is now available

Yesterday I released Rectball 0.4.9, the first Rectball release in three months. This version is focused on bug fixes, such as finally fixing the blurry fonts on high density screens.

Note that the game version available in the Google Play Store is 0.4.9.1, as I had to roll out a hotfix a few hours later after deploying 0.4.9 because of a regression found in the settings saving and loading system.

I’m still refactoring some game components. An additional 0.4-series release is still expected with more internal changes very soon, next week probably. However, I can already guarantee that a 0.5.0 release is coming up in September with a big usability change that it’s going to make the game easier to play.

Frontend development is not that bad

In his latest blog post, Coder frozen in 2009 awakens to find frontend development is not awful, Ruby developer Richard Schneeman discusses the current state of frontend. And it turns out, despite how complicate it looks sometimes given all the frontend tools there exist these days, it’s not that bad.

I’d like to focus on the jQuery side because it’s important to know that many things that used to be done in jQuery a few years ago have been possible to replicate using vanilla JavaScript for a couple years in all browsers.

Gedit is no longer maintained

UPDATE, 2017-08-11: It turns out Gedit found two maintainers, actually; as it can be seen at their wiki page. I’m adding a link to the HN thread I saw as it seems it was sent almost at the same time new maintainers were announced.

According to this message posted in the Gedit mailing list three weeks ago (that for some reason hasn’t pop out until this week), Gedit is no longer maintained. They are looking for someone to maintain the software including all the plugins.

Gedit was my number one graphical choice years ago, as a general plain text editor and when working with programming languages that did not require an IDE such as PHP or Python. The user interface was easy and the software felt powerful with all those syntax colours and settings.

Then GNOME 3 came and they rewrote the UI and they made it almost unusable by removing most of the menu commands and moving things to places it made no sense at all. geany is still a good choice I use on VMs, even though for serious work I moved to VSCode (open source).

Mistakes to avoid when developing Atom feeds

My blog syndicates its new contents through an Atom feed so that people can subscribe to updates. And according to the server logs, people use them (that was the initial point of having them; so, thanks!). However, it wasn’t until recently that I actually read the standard and a few other online sources, when I discovered that a few things, such as the entry identifiers, have been done wrong all this time. I’m documenting these issues publicly in order to save for future reference.

Sibbell: get updates on the GitHub repos you care about

It is too easy to star a project on GitHub, maybe because you consider it is a fun experiment or because it actually matters to you. However, keeping track about updates (say about repositories your project depends on), is harder. You can watch a repo, but then you’ll also be subscribed to all the clutter that sometimes issues and PRs cause.

Sibbell is a service that, once connected to your GitHub account, will sync your starred repos, and then, it will automatically check for new releases or tags on those repositories. Whenever one of your starred repositories gets a new release, you’ll receive a notification on your e-mail.

Free tier allows you to receive updates on your starred repositories as they happen; paid tier allows you to digest those updates into a single mail per day or week, and disable starred repositories you are not interested in knowing about.

Port tunneling with SSH

Here is another quick one that is also easy to forget. One of the many uses of SSH is local and remote port forwarding. Using local port forwarding, you can set up a socket between a port in your local machine and your SSH server. Whenever a communication is established on that local port, it will be forwarded to the server and then, made. This has some interesting use cases, such as connecting to local services (web administration panels, databases…) or acting as a jump server or just a proxy server.

Installing Rust via Rustup

Rustup recently reached v1.0.0. Rustup is a toolchain installer and manager, allowing to install multiple toolchains: stable, beta, nightly, or a particular version. It is very easy and convenient instead of other solutions that rely on manually installing packages. It just became a core project of Rust as well. The download page at Rust website has been updated to reflect this. In fact, Multirust, a similar project for managing multiple Rust installations, is now deprecated.

Llueve, así que si Dani no sale a correr, correr sale a Dani. Cinta de correr + portátil = win. Arriesgado, un poco estúpido, pero funciona 🌧🏃

Llueve, así que si Dani no sale a correr, correr sale a Dani. Cinta de correr + portátil = win. Arriesgado, un poco estúpido, pero funciona 🌧🏃

Migrating blog posts to Jekyll

I've been recently working on recovering posts from old blogs that were stored in my local backup, where they have been rotting for a lot of years. Those blog posts were made in WordPress and Blogger, and therefore had to be migrated into Jekyll. The experience has not been as bad as I thought it would be, althought there have been a few issues that I had to come through.