11 items tagged “tools”
Tools are the things we build that we don’t ship—but that very much affect the artifact that we develop.
It can be tempting to either shy away from developing tooling entirely or (in larger organizations) to dedicate an entire organization to it.
In my experience, tooling should be built by those using it.
This is especially true for tools that improve the artifact by improving understanding: the best time to develop a debugger is when debugging!
sg (an alias for ast-grep) is a CLI tool for running AST-based searches against code, built in Rust on top of the Tree-sitter parsing library. You can run commands like this:
sg -p ’await await_me_maybe($ARG)’ datasette --lang python
To search the datasette directory for code that matches the search pattern, in a syntax-aware way.
It works across 19 different languages, and can handle search-and-replace too, so it can work as a powerful syntax-aware refactoring tool.
Giving a talk is a lot of work. I go by a rule of thumb I learned from Damian Conway: a minimum of ten hours of preparation for every one hour spent on stage.[... 2122 words]
free-for.dev (via) It’s pretty amazing how much you can build on free tiers these days—perfect for experimenting with side-projects. free-for.dev collects free SaaS tools for developers via pull request, and has had contributions from over 500 people. # 26th December 2019, 10:03 am
Toy Chest: Online or Downloadable Tools for Building Projects (via) “Toy Chest collects online or downloadable software tools/thinking toys that humanities students and others without programming skills (but with basic computer and Internet literacy) can use to create interesting projects”—a fantastic list compiled by the English Department at UCSB. # 29th July 2009, 12:12 pm
We’re about to run our second internal hack day at the Guardian. The first was an enormous amount of fun and the second one looks set to be even more productive.[... 920 words]
Nmap 5.00 Release Notes. Released today, “the most important Nmap release since 1997”. New features include Ncat, a powerful netcat alternative, Ndiff, a utility for comparing scan results so you can spot changes to your network, and a new Nmap Scripting Engine using Lua. # 16th July 2009, 7:40 pm
Tools of the Modern Python Hacker: Virtualenv, Fabric and Pip. Ashamed to say I’m not using any of these yet—for Django projects, my manage.py inserts an “ext” directory at the beginning of the Python path which contains my dependencies for that project. # 9th July 2009, 11:40 am
aws—simple access to Amazon EC2 and S3. The best command line client I’ve found for EC2 and S3. “aws put --progress my-bucket-name/large-file.tar.gz large-file.tar.gz” is particularly useful for uploading large files to S3. Written in Perl (with no dependencies), shelling out to curl to do the heavy lifting. # 19th May 2009, 11:38 am