Lev's Hacking Notes

Using Skills

2021-03-25 Tags: F# dark

I've been feeling a little demotivated lately because I have not applied my Computer Science skills as much as I want to in a long time. I get a lot of satisfaction out of the work that I do but I don't always have the opportunity to grow my technical skills.

A few weeks ago I discovered the OSSU Computer Science curriculum and I started working my way through some of the courses because I seem to have forgotten half of the things that I learned in college. This exercise was worthwhile because I remember more that I expected and have been more inspired than ever to actually do something with the knowledge that I have.

Earlier this week I read Paul's blog post about porting dark from OCaml to F#. I forked the repo and started poking around to see if there was something I could do with my new found inspiration.

After a stumbling through a few things while getting started, I am really happy that I was able to make a small, but useful, contribution to the porting effort.

I went from not knowing OCaml, F#, or dark to shipping a PR in two days. I still don't know OCaml, F#, or dark but I am optimistic that I can continue to figure things out. :)

Articles from blogs I follow around the net

Reading Environment (ENV) Variables From The Server Scope In Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47

Ben Nadel demonstrates that environment (ENV) variables can be read directly out of the SERVER scope in Lucee CFML 5.3.7.47 - shout-out to Julian Halliwell for the pro-top!...

via Ben Nadel's Web Development and User Experience Feed @ BenNadel.com October 26, 2021

GitHub stale bot considered harmful

Disclaimer: I work for a GitHub competitor. One of GitHub’s “recommended” marketplace features is the “stale” bot. The purpose of this bot is to automatically close GitHub issues after a period of inactivity, 60 days by default. You have probably encountered…

via Drew DeVault's blog October 26, 2021

Willingness to look stupid

People frequently1 think that I'm very stupid. I don't find this surprising, since I don't mind if other people think I'm stupid, which means that I don't adjust my behavior to avoid seeming stupid, which results in people thinking tha…

via Dan Luu October 21, 2021

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