Hackerific

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2008 was an eventful year for hackerific, I entered my second year of blogging in October (and nearly didn’t notice), started posting more on TextMate and Python, and discovered and got involved with loads of cool projects. I had originally intended to write a ‘year in review’ type of post, but instead of something retrospective, I’ve decided to talk about things I’d like to accomplish this year. Here the list:

After reading this message on the textmate-users mailing list, I decided to have a go at writing a command to add comment chars to the ends of lines. Here’s what I ended up with: To use it, create a command in TextMate’s bundle editor, then make a new command, and set the input and output dropdowns to look like this: Uploaded with plasq's Skitch! Finally, set up scope selections (e.

IPython Server Now that the IPython TextMate bundle has been around for a little while, and has struck a chord with the TextMate wielding, IPython hacking community, I decided that now might be a good time to sum up a few of my ideas for the future. I’ve really been heartened by the response and enthusiasm of the IPython community, and of particular note is the work by Brain Granger.

I got a copy of Pragmatic Thinking and Learning when it came out a while ago, and I just finished reading it. I really wish I’d read it before I embarked on a PhD! As my girlfriend pointed out, it is basically a psychology textbook, with an onus on learning, but it’s presented in that great informal, geek-accessible style that you’ll probably only have come across in other pragmatic programmers books.

Sometimes, after seeing a few things, concepts collide (like icebergs, perhaps), and I come up with ideas I think are cool. Here’s one of those: Refactoring with the MATLAB bundle from Matt Foster on Vimeo. For those of you who prefer some code, say you have a big long ugly line of code. You know it’s bad, but it works and you don’t want to break it. Here’s an example, very, very loosely based on some Matlab code I saw at work: