The New York Times is taking a crack at forecasting the results of the upcoming Senate races. They’re currently predicting a tossup, but we don’t have to just take their word for it. The code and data that runs the election-forecasting model is open to the public!
The model is built with R, a programming language for statistical computing. I’d love for somebody with some R knowledge to write an article that walks through the codebase explaining how it all fits together. Ping us if you’re up to the challenge…
Gogs looks like a nice, new (still in Alpha) option if you want to self-host some Git repositories with a web interface similar to GitHub’s.
It’s written purely in Go, so installation should be dead simple. From the README:
Gogs only needs one binary to setup your own project hosting on the fly!
Worth a look.
minicron is a web interface to manage and monitor scheduled tasks across a series of servers. It’s still in early development, but the tool sets out to solve a pain that anybody with more than a few servers has probably felt. I know I have.
minicron is pre-semantic-1.0 and has a roadmap in the readme. Looks like a great time to get involved.
Priscilla is a new Ruby gem from Ju Liu that is a rare combination of hilarious and useful.
The problem Priscilla sets out to solve is the hardship of identifying your own output in a wall of text while print debugging. And she does it with style…
There’s a lot of innovation (and iteration) going on in the online publishing space. GitBook continues that trend by offering a command line tool built specifically for creating programming book and exercises.
You write your book in Markdown and from that GitBook can generate a static website, PDF, eBook, and even JSON. Here’s what the results look like:
Great idea from Alex Payne:
A set of Ansible playbooks to build and maintain your own private cloud: email, calendar, contacts, file sync, IRC bouncer, VPN, and more.
The project is aptly named Sovereign, and it provides quite the list of services.
I probably won’t use Sovereign to host my personal cloud, but I’m excited to use it as an Ansible-learning resource!
A very nasty OpenSSL bug called Heartbleed was made public yesterday. Millions of websites around the world are leaking private information despite using SSL/TLS.
Is your site vulnerable? Find out with Filippo Valsorda’s Heartbleed Test.
Here’s a link to our test for thechangelog.com. We run on Ubuntu so we followed these update instructions and in 3 minutes we were fixed.
Remediation steps differ depending on operating system, but with Heartbleed Test we can all make sure we’ve patched up properly. Thanks Filippo!
UPDATE: Filippo provides a web-based tool to check your site, but we suggest downloading the source and running the tool from your own trusted host. Here’s a How To if you need help! (Thanks to André Wendt for the suggestion and Jan Lenhardt for the gist)
This looks like a great tool for game developers and anybody experimenting with <canvas>. Give it a try!
Useful and stylish SVG-based loading indicators that are as easy to use as:
<img src="loading-balls.svg" alt="Loading icon" />
Oh, and make sure you spot the Cylon…
Do you want to start using ECMAScript 6 tools in your projects today? Addy Osmani has aggregated a nice list of related tools. Transpilers, module loaders, polyfills, you name it.
It’s worth a watch.
ngxtop is shaping up to be one of those tools that I didn’t even know I needed, but now I won’t know how I ever lived without it.
ngxtop parses your nginx access log and outputs useful,
top-like, metrics of your nginx server.
Need we say more? Check the readme for some nice examples of what this Python script is capable of.
Mithril is the latest entry to the category and boasts speed, built-in safetey, and robustness as its core features. Weighing in at ~400 LOC, it’s amazing how much functionality Leo Horie has squeezed in to his little framework.
Check it out.
Pakyow sounds like it was named while watching Batman re-runs.
What is it? A Ruby web framework where views are created in isolation from the back-end app. Pakyow’s developers say it:
gives the designer complete control over the front-end through the entire development process.
They have a nice warmup page if you want to see how it all fits together.
Segment.io’s Metalsmith doesn’t excite me because it’s a static site generator. It excites me because its everything-is-a-plugin philosophy turns it in to a potential swiss army knife for any project that manipulates a directory of files.
It could be a project scaffolder. It could be an e-book generator. It could be a build tool. It could be a documentation tool. It could be something I’ve never even heard of before.
Check out their examples to whet your imagination.
Looks like the Glyphr team set out to lower the barrier to get in to font design.
Professional font design programs are very complex, and quite expensive. Glyphr is accessible, streamlined, and made for font design hobbyists… and it’s free!
At first glance, it appears that they’re off to a great start. Check out the sandbox if you want to play around with it.
If you have need for a mobile-friendly, responsive, and lightweight jQuery date & time input picker, look no further than pickadate.js. Amsul pinged us to say that he just released version 3.4 of his popular library and is quite proud to say that pickadate.js is now ARIA-enabled. He states:
This is an update I would highly recommend everyone to get because of how crucial accessibility is.
If you’re already using pickadate.js, this is a great time to upgrade. If not, give it a look!
tldr is an npm module that provides simplified “show me the common usages” man pages. Here’s what
tldr tar looks like:
The current list of supported commands is short, but growing. Pull requests welcome!
The README to Jorge Manrubia’s Forceps library asks:
Have you ever needed to copy a given user from a production database into your local box in order to debug some obscure bug?
One hundred times: YES!
If you believe that constantly improving your rc files (dotfiles) is Serious Business™, you gotta check out Thoughtbot’s latest open source project: rcm, an rc file manager
In his introductory blog post, Mike Burns describes rcm as:
a unification of the existing shell scripts, make targets, rake tasks, GNU Bash constructions, and Python hacks that people copy and paste into their dotfiles repo, with a classical unix flair
Rudy Jahchan has joined two of the nerdiest things in the world — TRON and Vim — to produce something truly wonderful: vimtronner
Be the last player alive by either controlling your bike safely around obstacles or enter INSERT mode to build your own walls for your opponents to crash into. Just remember, you can’t do both at the same time!
So much win.
CSS preprocessors have been around for awhile, but Andrey Sitnik’s Autoprefixer takes the opposite approach: it parses your CSS after you write it and adds any necessary vendor prefixes using data from Can I Use.
As the browser landscape changes, your outputted CSS changes to fit. Without you having to do a thing. Andrey says:
The best tool is a tool you can’t see and one that does the work for you
I have to agree with him on that.
What good is a browser that doesn’t have
<form>s? A lot of good if you want to build HTML5 games for iOS that are App Store compatible and quite performant.
SpinKit from GitHub’s Tobias Ahlin uses CSS animations to create smooth and easily customizable animations, but look out if you need to support older browsers:
The goal is not to offer a solution that works in every browser—if you’re supporting browsers that haven’t implemented the CSS
animation property (e.g. IE9 and below), you’ll want to detect support for the
animation property, and implement a fallback
The demo features 8 different styles for you to pick from. #6 is pretty rad if you can find a good use case for it. Check ‘em out!
While I was at the first annual ng-conf last week (excellent conf, btw), Brian Ford of the Angular team gave a great talk about a new library he released called Zone.js.