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A History of Source Control Systems: SCCS and RCS (Part 1)

Updates April 7th, 2024 I received an email from Marc Rochkind. He recounts some details of the creation of SCCS. I attached the email at the end of the article and made corrections inside the article. Most importantly, check out Marc’s original paper. Thank you all for the kind comments and interesting discussion Hacker News and Lobste.rs. HN Thread and lobste.rs thread. A History of Source Control Systems: SCCS and RCS Source Control Management (SCM) Systems, have a long and rich history....

April 5, 2024 · 15 min · 3194 words · David Soria Parra
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I want to like Nushell

I don’t like bash, I don’t like zsh, but I am stuck with them. I tried fish and oil, but somehow never got the hang of it (note… i should revisit them). So when I saw pcwalton playing around with yet another new shell, I was intrigued. nushell is one of the new shells around the block who aim to provide a much better experience over old established shells like zsh or bash....

February 13, 2024 · 7 min · 1400 words · dsp
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Phantom Types

UPDATE Wed 24th, 2024: This article was originally called “Nominal Types”. A few people on lobste.rs and r/programming pointed out that naming this Nominal Types is incorrect. A better description would be Phantom Types or maybe Tagged Types. Quick overview of using nominal types to encode semantic differences between types in an efficient and elegant way The Problem Let’s say we’re writing a program with various types of IDs: user IDs, group IDs and document IDs....

January 22, 2024 · 4 min · 850 words · dsp
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Communicate State

A few years back, I was invited to a set of executive reviews of various infrastructure projects, both as a presenter and a reviewer. Two of those reviews stuck in my mind, one for the clarity of the presentation, and one for, well, the lack of. I learned a great deal about contextual communication and what I call Communicate State not Deltas, and later implemented these learnings into my own communication....

January 16, 2024 · 6 min · 1206 words · dsp