Archive

The archive mostly contains posts that I have written while in university, and that I am embarrassed about, but not quite embarrassed enough to delete them.

392 Days GitHub streak

My current GitHub streak started on March the 13th 2014, so far 392 days. I started it, to stay more active on my side projects. I learned so much, and it has gotten me several opportunities including several job interviews, an internship in Palo Alto (which was a big deal, since I’m from Germany), and countless interesting conversations because people suddenly take me take serious.

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How to test RESTful API Clients

All my current projects involve a RESTful JSON API that is consumed by multiple clients. While it is pretty easy to write integration tests for the API itself it can be tricky to do so for the clients.

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Does this bother anyone else?

This post is a little different from my past ones. I just want to see, what other people have to say about this. I want to talk about three things in particular that bother me, that I have spoken to people about lately.

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Jekyll + Disqus

In my previous post I’ve been asked to share my Disqus setup with Jekyll. It is fairly simple, but I wanted to share it with everyone.

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Moving to S3

I described in one of my earlier posts, that I used gits post-receive hook to deploy my blog on my own dedicated server. Currently, however, I am trying to get rid of most of the reponsibility I have in regard to services I am using. In other words, I want to host the least services myself as possible, so I can focus on developing software rather than administrating my server and being aware of the latest security issues of the software I use.

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Boilerplates

I admit it, I wrote a boilerplate. It started with two projects I am working on that had the same basic requirements:

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Deploying blog with GitLab

Although I keep my blog on GitHub I also have another copy in my gitlab instance. To deploy the blog I use the post-receive hook of my repository in gitlab.

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Jekyll GitHub Repo Plugin

I was actually very surprised that no one up until now had published a plugin like this, I mean it’s not like GitHub is alien to people using Jekyll for their site. Most people I know even use GitHub pages to host their blog. Why not? It’s free and fairly reliable.

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Colemak after 4 weeks

A while back I read about Colemak in an article on HN. Up until then the only alternative layout I knew, which is actually being used, was Dvorak.

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Current Projects

Essentially what has been keeping me from completing projects before, was frustration, then forget about it and just don’t look at it again. To not break this habit I want to use a GitHub streak to see that I actually work on something daily. My hypothesis: even if I only spend a couple minutes a day on any of my projects, the progress will be greater than if I just try to finish the software not keeping track of how much time I spend.

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