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, members of the community have always been intrigued about how it all started, so we plan to add a History page here once we have some extra time. In the meantime, we wrote about our origins informally not long ago.
Handmade Dev Show Released
We've released a proper home for the Handmade Dev Show. Visit handmadedev.show and follow the news on this site for the upcoming interviews. We also have a site-wide RSS feed here to help you spot announcements. There is also our @handmade_net Twitter account if you're always in that part of the social media world.
Credit to the team for helping me get the site outside of the prototype stage, as well as AsafGartner and Insofaras for their contributions.
If you don't know about the show, it began in 2016, and is comprised primarily of interviews that, to the best of the team's knowledge, will help the community dig into the mindset of interesting programmers. Most guests are well-known low-level programmers, but we've had higher-level developers who care about Handmade and leverage the engines or frameworks they use in fascinating ways as they exercise more control over them.
It's important we expand our viewpoints and listen to the critics, so I'm up for interviewing naysayers.
Archived Interviews should look like Episode 1
Take a look at the pilot
Notice how the interview is fully annotated with timestamps, references, and a link to the episode thread (containing a summary, press material, and an opportunity for Handmade users to comment: whether on the thread or by selecting "Contact").
Our plans is for all interviews to follow this format, and indeed, some episodes are already fully-annotated and we are working so that every single one of them follows the Episode 1 format. It's quite a bit of work even if it doesn't look like it. The "player" surrounding the embedded YouTube video is still waiting to have more features added to it, an effort lead by Miblo. Once again I thank the collaboration of AsafGartner, Miblo, and Insofaras for the player's inception.
We believe this type of archiving will be important for the educational value we want Handmade to provide (more on this front later).
GPU Font Rendering Stream (feat. Ripcord)
The latest Handmade Dev Show had Demetri Spanos (an elusive intellectual who dwells on our Handmade Discord chat), and Mr. Barrett AKA nothings. The discussion centered around GPU Font Rendering and how far it has come. The audio setup was particularly terrible that night, and I do apologize, but the content in there should still hopefully be golden.
We also pre-streamed the development of Ripcord, a modern native desktop chat client. I'll tease you no more so you check the stream out yourself!
Handmade Education Continues
Educational efforts has been our primary focus this year, and if you've missed the podcast on it, I suggest you take a listen.
Our beta testers are currently in the heat of testing out content. I am now willing to take on a second batch, so e-mail me at [email protected] or [email protected] if you wish to volunteer and shape the way Handmade education will look like. This is especially recommended for those who want to take a sneak peek at things but haven't been able to. Who knew, writing lessons with authors around the world takes a long time.
Matrix Server Testing
You may have been missing my Fractal Friday streams, but these streams are showcasing a project that evolved from my Ave software project last year (which was an e-mail client). It is a modern native desktop chat client, and I compare and contrast my early prototype with the more mature Ripcord (see the GPU Font Rendering pre-stream).
This side project has been to personally explore Matrix, an open standard to implement modern chat clients (think typing events, read events, and other things you see from FB Messenger, Discord, and Slack) with bridges to IRC, Discord, or Slack. The team is currently using Matrix internally and developing the policies that could govern the self-hosting of a modern chat server. Ideally we will uphold our MatterMost goals and unite the Discord / IRC communities once again.
Expect more updates on this front.
NASA Programming Philosophy
I am working on this live Twitch lecture more fruitfully now that I've released handmadedev.show. The lecture is slated to happen sometime this month. As always, I'll post any announcements here and on Twitter.
If you miss it, it will live on (you guessed it) the show's page :)
Engage with us!
We hope you engage with the community by posting more on our threads, joining our chats, or supporting us on Patreon with any dollar amount. This organization means the world to us, and we hope you find it valuable too!