Handmade Folks!

Hoping September treats you well. If anyone lives near a hurricane zone, please check the weather report often! Random warning aside, let's get right to the updates:

Project Lifecycles

    Chronaldragon implemented project lifecycles for the network! I don't have much to add to that, since he wrote an excellent post about it. I encourage you to check it out. With this feature laid out, the dragon is leveraging part of that system to continue work on Handmade's Wiki (which is his current focus).

Server Upgrade

    I've upgraded the network to a much larger server ...
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[Notice] Server Move / HMN Gitlab

Abner Coimbre  — 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The new server is up-and-running most of our stuff pretty well. Gitlab's been moved and the new SSH fingerprint for it is below,

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SHA256:03ziXTzRHAtVDDE5CrNidWEQewl/l20gyhrOHm86MEA.

and you'll get notified about it whenever you push or pull on an existing repo checked out. We plan to move to Gitea next month but we'll discuss that on the monthly news.
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Hello folks,

As part of the 2017 roadmap we find ourselves moving to a new, much larger server. The decision was made after consulting Kelimion and Chronaldragon on what may be best for Handmade Network moving forward -- the answer has been a single capacious Hetzner server as opposed to multiplying droplets on Digital Ocean.

Scaling up to a bigger server in anticipation of the education initiative, giving everyone a larger quota, hosting upcoming projects, the Matrix chat, and so on, has been a wise investment as far as we can tell. Over the weekend, you may experience interruptions that affect ...
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[News] Project lifecycles

Andrew Chronister  — 1 month, 1 week ago
Hey everyone,

As we grow and develop, we're starting to look at how we can provide better service for our existing projects as well as making the onboarding process smoother for new projects. To start with, that means giving ourselves one level of removal from the management of projects by that old standby of programmers everywhere, automation.

As Handmade Network has grown, we've seen the need to categorize projects via where they are in their lifecycle -- is a project under active development or has the maintainer seen a need to put it to the side for a while ...
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[News] Open Education Meeting

Abner Coimbre  — 1 month, 1 week ago
This upcoming Wednesday, August 16th at 5:00PM EDT, I will have one of Handmade's Education meetings broadcasted live on Twitch. It will be archived for those of you who can't make it.

It is a voice-only meeting so you may only see me directly in terms of video, and the others (i.e. authors and beta testers) will probably appear as a list of users -- with an active microphone icon indicating they are speaking. The purpose of the live podcast is to let the Handmade community feel more involved with this yearlong initiative, and to let everyone ...
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Hello folks,

Thanks for sticking with us so far this year. It's my hope we're drawing ever closer to meeting our goals for 2017, and so let's get on with the updates.

Post Deletion

Chronaldragon has enabled post edit, reply, quote, and deletion as a set of icons for each of your posts. The delete feature was definitely a very crucial thing to have and I'm frankly surprised we had survived so long without it.


You now have greater control over your posts

If you have double posts and are embarrassed about them, now's the ...
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Hello folks!

Just a couple of interesting news before August comes to pass.

A Look Into NASA's Coding Philosophy

I wrote an essay over at Medium that gives an overview of the space program's coding philosophy. I also make a case for "handmade." I have hopes the post will reach a larger audience and have some of them join the community.

Matrix Meeting

This Saturday staff will be meeting to develop a roadmap for having a Matrix server as our Handmade chat system. We technically already do but it's accessible just for the admins (so I'm ...
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[News] FCC and our Space Program

Abner Coimbre  — 2 months, 1 week ago
FCC and our Space Program

Okay so the two aren't actually related, but I wanted to combine both news into one post.

Dear FCC Letter

I'd like to say there's one simple way to write a letter to the FCC. On that page you may explore what is happening with the ongoing battle (and it's been going on for so long now I'm tempted to call it a war) against Internet fast lanes. That DearFCC site lets you complete a letter, send it, and be on your way, if you choose to do so.



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[News] Handmade Efforts Growing

Abner Coimbre  — 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Handmade Community!

abnercoimbre
All exciting Handmade news will be arriving shortly, no later than July 4th.

Did I say no later than July 4th? I meant no later than the day after said American celebratory holiday. Easy mistake. (I do apologize, though. Thank you for your patience and support)

Handmade Dev Site Released

We have made a landing page for Handmade Dev—the parent organization behind this network and the show. Handmade Network is being managed by the Handmade Dev Team, and we've always wanted a proper page for the organization and now we have it. In addition ...
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[Notice] handmadedev.show

Abner Coimbre  — 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Handmade!

All exciting Handmade news will be arriving shortly, no later than July 4th. I am out for most of this weekend due to Holiday celebrations.

However, the team and I recently finished building the Handmade Dev Show site and we are in the process of annotating all episodes (some are already done, such as Episode 1, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 7, and a couple others) so I wanted to at least announce that! It'll be the home for future interviews.

See you soon!

-Abner
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Hello folks,

Let's discuss the latest work happening for Handmade.

New Projects Approved

  • Seabird



  • Seabird is a game exploring the concept of reliance, cooperation, and pattern-seeking (by learning the typical behaviors of others). In the hopes that I don't misrepresent his intentions, I recommend you check his project page!

  • Bytopia



  • A working title, bytopia is a construction game using voxels as its building block. I'm an advocate for more games that use voxels in creative ways and bytopia is setting out to be not only that, but mindful about development in a handmade way. Check it out ...
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    Hello folks,

    Thanks to the work of AsafGartner, and with a bit of help from Miblo, insofaras, and the team (specifically chronaldragon), we can now search for any specific text on all Handmade Hero episode guides.

    Visit https://hero.handmade.network/episodes and look for programming topics (or any term, really).

    Yours,
    Abner
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    [News] Beta Testers for Our Lessons

    Abner Coimbre  — 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Community,

    This is a short one, and if you're a Patron this should be a rehash of the same request!

    Test Drive our Content

    We're looking for "beta testers" this month. In essence, we look for those who may volunteer some of their time to test the lessons we have developed so far.

    You'd get access to our handmade educational repository and direct communication with our authors, reviewers, and other volunteers. If you're interested, send us an e-mail at [email protected].

    We're implementing the wiki system for the website alongside the lessons, and we ...
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    [News] Writing Lessons Left-and-Right

    Abner Coimbre  — 5 months, 2 weeks ago
    Handmade folks,

    I'm sorry for the slight delay in presenting the news (I knew I shouldn't have watched this first, in bed at night). Let's get started right away:

    Handmade Lessons Underway

    Last month I met regularly with our educators and peer reviewers to get the ball rolling on the lessons mentioned here. Meeting every other Sunday is proving effective, as it gives us good pacing while minimizing burnout all the while staying motivated. Each author provided an outline of their work, and a couple of us even have drafts already. However, the focus was on establishing ...
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    [Notice] News Coming April 2nd

    Abner Coimbre  — 5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Dear Handmade Community,

    April Fool's jokes on the web have already started, and I'm genuinely not in any mood to participate, so I'll be offline until April 2nd. On that date I'll provide the monthly news, here, on Patreon, and Twitter, as always.

    I also apologize if you've e-mailed me and I have not replied, I shall do so tomorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Abner

    P.S. Admittedly, Hulu Hu is amusing. What a world to live in when you get paid to develop that.
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    [News] Handmade Educational Roadmap

    Abner Coimbre  — 6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hello Dear Readers!

    We've hinted about our educational push since the year started, and it's time to discuss it openly. Your comments are always useful and we hope you encourage everyone involved!

    Handmade Education (Overview)

    If you haven't heard the recent audio podcast discussing Handmade's role on education, check it out here. These lessons are meant to be centralized, comprehensive, and cross-referenced enough for readers to go up and down different abstraction layers.

    The idea to be unafraid to go up an down that ladder of knowledge is at the core of Handmade. For example, a ...
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    Play - https://soundcloud.com/user-63451...ation-ep-1-handmade-dev-show-2017

    Description - On February 2017, Abner Coimbre and Andrew Chronister sit down to discuss Handmade's role on programming education, politics, chocolate wine protection programs, and the rapidly changing climate of software development.
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    Well, handmade developers, it's been an interesting day so far.
    Cloudflare issued a warning that due to a memory leak in one of their html parsers, information could end up being leaked in the responses to completely unrelated requests.

    TL;DR: Cloudflare screwed up, Google noticed and told them, Cloudflare fixed it, people will be resetting passwords everywhere for days to come.

    Long story short: If your site was behind Cloudflare, they may have leaked potentially sensitive information; that information may have ended up in Google's and other caches. This was regardless of whether or not your site ...
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    [News] Handmade Network v1.0 Released!

    Abner Coimbre  — 7 months, 2 weeks ago
    Dear Handmade Reader,

    This is a significant month for the Handmade Dev team! It marks the end of the website's beta; if you find any bugs with our stable site, report them ASAP.

    At the start of this year, we made it a priority to wrap up essential features to complete v1, and the team performed admirably and worked doubly hard to finish on time. Most noticeable is the final look-and-feel of the site, but very important security / backend measures were implemented too. In this blog post, we outline what was done to consider the site stable, as well ...
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    Happy New Year!

    With 2016 behind us, I want to lay out the Big Picture for Handmade Network 2017. The core activities such as hosting software projects, doing the Handmade Dev Show, and engaging in the forums will not go away; we're merely expanding on what we do. Let's actually start off with things we've completed in just this first week of January:

    Submit a Project

    This was developed by our very own chronaldragon, so I'll let him discuss the new feature:

    On Handmade Network, one of our goals has been to build a virtual space ...
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    [News] Handmade Dev Monthly

    Abner Coimbre  — 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Happy Holidays!

    It is now freezing cold for many users this December, but the Handmade online community remains warm and cozy (at least I'd like to think so!) Let's see what's been happening.

    TheHappieCat Interview

    A talented developer, Anne, will be with me on The Handmade Dev Show live on Twitch this Saturday at 5PM EST. Please join in!

    EDIT: Post your questions for TheHappieCat here :)

    Handmade Con 2016

    I still ask people to post their pictures here (hundreds of you took lots; don't be shy!). It was a great conference and the talks will be ...
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    [Feedback] Handmade Code of Conduct

    Abner Coimbre  — 10 months, 1 week ago


    [Notice] Surfing with style

    Andrew Chronister  — 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Greetings, everyone,

    It's no secret that the current site style suffers from a few issues (slow repaint time in some browsers, visually distracting backgrounds, and a fair share of strange behaviour/bugs with resizing). We've been hinting at a redesign in the works for a while, and though we are still waiting on consultation in terms of design direction for that, I have decided to go ahead and start iterating on the design now rather than put off changes much longer.

    Starting tomorrow, I will be pushing design iterations to the site, live. Comments, suggestions, and tips should ...
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    [Notice] Sunday Twitch Stream

    Abner Coimbre  — 10 months, 1 week ago
    This Sunday at 5:00PM EST I will be programming live on twitch.tv/abnercoimbre as well as making important Handmade Network announcements. I hope you may join me then.

    -Abner
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    [Notice] Community Chat

    Abner Coimbre  — 10 months, 3 weeks ago
    The team and I have looked at how to provide an enriching chat experience for our existing users (and incoming ones). I found many competing services, each with their tradeoffs, and we've chosen MatterMost

    Why Mattermost?

    It didn't have to be this one; anything that met the following five criteria would've worked:

  • Self-hosting
  • No constraint on number of users
  • Message retention
  • Built-in support for code snippets, easy file transfers (without XDCC), and persistent sessions (without a bouncer like ZNC)
  • Mature IRC bridge. We started as an IRC community, and we won't ignore this protocol. Is it ...
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