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Hi, folks!

The vote results are in, and in accordance with them, I've made the decision to have the stream on August 19th at 6:00 PM PDT. Don't miss out; we'll be having a discussion about Handmade Network and a special appearance!

If you cannot make it, it's no problem; the stream will be recorded and uploaded later for your viewing leisure.

That being said, I'm so excited to see all of you there!

Stream Date/Time: August 19th at 6:00 PM PDT
Stream Location: On the Handmade Network home page or here ...
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Hi there, everyone!

I hope you've been doing well! There was quite a bit of exciting activity happening in the Network in August.

Special Event Stream Recording

The special event stream was a blast! I certainly had a good time, and I hope that all those who attended did as well. If you weren't able to make it, then a recording has been uploaded for your convenience. Check it out!



New Project: GBEmu

We recently welcomed Handmade Network's newest project, GBEmu, to the site. This is a handmade Nintendo Gameboy emulator, featuring a ROM debugger! Try it ...
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Hey there, folks of Handmade Network!

I hope last month went well for you all! For this month's news, I have a few exciting updates and announcements.

Site Updates

The technical staff has been hard at work in their task of getting accustomed to the site's code-base. Before diving into anything massive, the team has made the responsible decision to tackle smaller issues first. Right now, this has mostly included cleaning up the rough edges of the site and making small quality of life improvements that, in theory, improve the overall experience of you all.

When the technical ...
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[News] Handmade Network's Future B
Ryan Fleury July 2, 2018, 4:49 a.m.
Hello, World!

Introduction

I'm Ryan Fleury, though some of you probably know me by my online alias "Delix". As Handmade Network founder Abner Coimbre had mentioned last month, the site's new technical staff and myself will be taking the reins of Handmade Network from here on out, which is an opportunity that I couldn't be more grateful to have. Handmade Network has had, and continues to have, a massive effect on me as a programmer, and I hope to do everything I can (alongside the rest of the team) to continue to allow this community to prosper ...
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[Tutorial] Handmade Network IRC

Abner Coimbre  — 2 years, 4 months ago
Access

Server: irc.handmade.network
Port: 7777 (SSL) or 7666 (Plain Text)

The server now supports cloaking, and will do so automatically when you connect so your IP address will not be visible to non-admins.

Where programs expect an IRC url, use:
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ircs://irc.handmade.network:7777/

You can also copy/paste this into Firefox's address bar.

Using a Web Client

You can access HMN via the Kiwi IRC web client via this url: https://kiwiirc.com/nextclient/#i...irc.handmade.network:7777/#random

There is also another web client hosted by insofaras available at https://hmnirc.party ...
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[News] New BBCode Features!

Ben Visness  — 1 month, 1 week ago
Hey all - we just deployed some fixes and improvements to the network's BBCode system, and with them come a few new features that I hope you will enjoy.

Monospace Text

We've added the [​m] tag, which allows you to do monospace text inline. For example:

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This text is [m]monospace[/m]!


becomes:

This text is monospace!


We've also added a toolbar button for it next to B, I, and U, so you'll never forget which letter it is.

Custom Languages in Code Blocks

The [​code] block now lets you specify what language to use for ...
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[News] Passing on the Torch

Abner Coimbre  — 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Handmade Folks,

Many of you have come to know Ryan Fleury (aka Delix), of The Melodist fame, who hosts his project here.

After 3 years, Handmade Network has grown into a self-sustaining niche community, and I've been considering who I think is a likely candidate for taking a crack at running this ship. The team and I, as well as many veteran members, believe Ryan is the right fit.

Wait, you're leaving?

No. I'll remain as an original founder. However, for all practical purposes (financial, legal, setting goals, and so on), Ryan and his team will be ...
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Discrete Mathematics

Abner Coimbre  — 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Handmade Folks,

UPDATE (5/22/2018)

  • rby90 recommended teachyourselfcs

  • Delix added a Handmade wiki entry. See The Pigeonhole Principle

  • UPDATE (6/2/2018)

  • Halarious recommends The Napkin Project. At the time of writing, the last sections present set theory pretty accessibly.

    ---

    In lieu of providing monthly news (nothing's changed since April), I want to give a brief and high-level overview of discrete mathematics. I've felt alarmed by rumors of programming students this year questioning its value, or just not knowing what it is! I can't confirm those rumors, but it won't hurt to present the topic ...
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    Handmade Folks,

    I actively dislike the online space during April Fool's, so I opted to write the monthly news the day after. Now you'll know these news are for real!

    New Technical Staff

    Please comment and thank the old team for their hard work!

    The current staff is ready to move on to new ventures. Jeroen has a demanding full-time career at a UK startup, ChronalDragon will graduate from the University of Washington in a couple of months to enter the workforce right away, and Miblo has slowly been growing his annotation clientele with Handmade Dev Show, Handmade ...
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    [News] Per Vognsen's Bitwise Project

    Abner Coimbre  — 6 months, 1 week ago
    Quick news!

    Per Vognsen announced a project that, in my estimation, could not be more handmade. It's called Bitwise, and you can check it out here.

    To me, the beautiful thing about Bitwise is it will obviously complement Handmade Hero with additional depth. There will also be articles outside of the educational videos, so those who prefer to read might be in for a real treat.

    -Abner

    P.S. Thanks to eisbehr for bringing Bitwise to my attention.
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    Handmade folks,

    On Wiki Feedback

    After the wiki released at the start of this year, we've had contributions new besides the initial ones (notably from nakst and eisbehr! Looking good.), but a lot of feedback comes from people who would rather have established rules and guidelines before even writing anything. Not having any formal rules was intentional, but I think we've waited enough time and it's time to write them this month.

    There have also been concerns about how to trace back to the initial contributor of an article. That can be found on the Revision History ...
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    [News] Site Growth (2018)

    Abner Coimbre  — 7 months, 2 weeks ago
    Handmade Folks,

    The glitter of a new year should become steadfast determination to make the best out of 2018, and the network is no exception to that.

    Focus for 2018

    This year, Handmade Network will scale back development of brand new features to focus on improving what we already have. This will involve maintaining the regular stream of new software projects and encouraging the updates of established ones. It will also involve improving the Handmade Wiki and growing its contributions.

    As boring as that may sound to some, this is precisely the set of activities we need to focus on ...
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    Handmade Folks,

    The news remain the same as the previous one -- and we're also streaming education staff meetings weekly (previous one here). So today I'd like to make a request:

    Handmade Content

    Each software project on the network will have a dedicated wiki for themselves. They will decide what goes in there -- usual common sense caveats apply (NSFW things, vicious attacks on any individual, etc.)

    However, Handmade Network will display a sitewide wiki, and we'd like suggestions on what to have shortly after release. Here are some examples already given and mentioned on Patreon: (1) documenting API ...
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    [News] Handmade Wiki Released

    Abner Coimbre  — 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Handmade Folks,

    The early Handmade Wiki is out. This is an exciting year because we have almost zero content, and we get to see a wikipedia grow from effectively nothing. I've never had that experience before. Also, project owners get a wiki of their own, configurable in their Project Settings. Handmade Network's roadmap for 2018 is to create a self-sustaining HMN Wikipedia. File bug reports here and join our Thursday stream at 5PM EST.

    Andrew Chronister, the wiki's developer, has a few things to say:
    chronaldragon
    Handmade Network Wikis, like those on Wikipedia, MediaWiki, and other encyclopedic ...
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    Handmade Folks,

    From Dec 23rd through Jan 1st we'll be taking a Holiday break from educational streams, Twitter updates, and news in general. Expect the network to return with vigor on January 2nd, where 2018 shall be our year to contribute to the Handmade Wiki. Can't wait to see how that journey goes! Thank you to those who have volunteered, provided splendid suggestions, or just shown overall support by regularly visiting our site.

    Much obliged,
    Abner

    P.S. Enjoy the eggnog and chocowine. In addition, a few days break from programming (maybe even the Internet) is a very ...
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    [News] Shutting Down Our Patreon

    Abner Coimbre  — 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Handmade Folks,

    If you are a patron of Handmade Hero, you likely saw Casey's post, Patreon Implosion, and his plans to jump ship along with others -- a fact reflected on our own dwindling pledges. Casey supports Handmade Network. We've already discussed. He plans to continue supporting, and I'm certain all of you will as well... when the time is right again.

    We're closing down our Patreon effective imediately.

    By the end of the year, the team and I will have completed our site goals with the wiki system, and from there on we are doing a ...
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    [News] Handmade 2017! How does it end?

    Abner Coimbre  — 10 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hello folks,

    This is a short one since we're essentially working on the two major things I announced last month:

    (1) I'll be streaming the handmade education meetings. For the upcoming November dates, subscribe to the Handmade Network RSS Feed or follow the network's Twitter account.

    (2) The Handmade Wiki is slated to release by the end of the year. The entire system is being developed as opposed to relying on some third-party site.

    Confirmed -- Handmade Lessons and Wiki by Xmas!

    We joked about this on Patreon. I hope that's the case! However, as I said ...
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    [News] A Stab at a Stream Schedule

    Abner Coimbre  — 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hello folks!

    We're dangerously close to ending the month and I didn't want that to happen before making an educational stream!

    Those following my Twitch account know I've been doing personal programming streams for the past couple of weeks -- which has helped in ironing out issues with my new Internet setup.

    I want to try out a Thursday stream at 5PM EST with the education team, and I'm hoping that my dying laptop can handle OBS, multiple voice users, and Twitch! (I'll be getting my new machine soon, but virtue is a patience or something ...
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    Handmade folks,

    What a month we've had out there in "the real world." Some questions arose as to where I've been, which is awfully nice for the community to ask (answer is here... it was hard to announce this without Twitter in the first place!)

    I will still be personally active on Twitch when the time is right.

    Streaming all Education Meetings

    In order to generate awareness for the handmade lessons we plan to release by year's end, we will be streaming all education meetings for the last 2-3 months of 2017. Stay tuned for updates with ...
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    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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    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 year, 1 month 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 year, 1 month 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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    [News] NASA Article, Matrix

    Abner Coimbre  — 1 year, 2 months ago
    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  — 1 year, 2 months 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.



    We ...
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    [News] Handmade Efforts Growing

    Abner Coimbre  — 1 year, 2 months 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  — 1 year, 2 months 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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