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 to ensure that it continues to have the same effect on others.
For this monthly news post, I wanted to briefly summarize what the team and I have been discussing will be the direction of Handmade Network moving forward. Additionally, I have some other exciting news to share with you all.
The Network's Direction
The team has agreed that a significant portion of Handmade Network's value is in the fact that it provides a self-improving community. There is an abundance of knowledge and experience among Handmade Network's users, but unfortunately, as it stands right now, it can be very difficult to directly access said knowledge and experience. One might find themselves digging through a forum thread, searching through a set of projects to find a Handmade library, or if they are lucky, using Miblo's amazing annotation system to find a bit of content in a stream recording. The implementation of the wiki was certainly a step in the right direction, but we think that we can do more in streamlining this process.
A perfect example of the benefits that said streamlining process will have is the influence of Miblo's annotations on the various stream series on the Network. We want to aim for a system in which it is trivial to type something that one wishes to know about and instantly see relevant and helpful results.
The team has decided that our first step in pursuing this goal is to make improvements to the project system on the website. We'd like to offer the ability to filter and search projects to more efficiently offer users of the website information regarding projects that they might find entertaining, useful, or educational. Ultimately, this is a small step, but we thought it'd be best to start with something small to familiarize ourselves with working on Handmade Network.
I'd like to stress that we are more than happy to hear feedback, suggestions, and other comments from you all. Please let us know what you think!
Casey Muratori, host of Handmade Hero, recently made a video explaining Handmade Fund. This is an effort of his to distribute funding to projects that he sees as promoting Handmade software development, including Handmade Network and many of its projects! If you'd like to support Handmade software development and Handmade Network (as well as the efforts of Allen Webster in making 4coder and Miblo in making series annotations), check out the above video, and find out more here.
Wrapping It Up
Thanks for reading this monthly news post, and also for your support of the new team as we move forward to continue to promote Handmade software development. I couldn't be more excited to continue to help make software better!