Published on 6 June 2021.
This is what I’ve been up to in May 2021:
I published a new video where I hack on Smart Notes: Smart Notes Hacking Session #13: Improve Search Bar Test.
A consequence of trying to record hacking videos was that I ended up not doing any programming because I felt the barrier was too big. I felt pressure to record interesting sessions so instead I put it off and did no programming at all.
I still think video is an interesting format. So instead of more hacking sessions, this month, I tried to make a video version of this update where I also show what I’ve been working on. Let me know what you think.
I actually did program on Smart Notes, and the first version of the table view is now working. (Demo at 1:08)
I had a few ideas for new features for Smart Notes:
The possibility to pin notes so that they are easily accessible and linkable when navigating to other notes. (Explanation at 3:26)
The possibility to go to a random note for leisure browsing. It might remind you of interesting things that you wouldn’t have otherwise looked at.
Add support for some kind of literate programming. I read (here, here, and here) about the idea that literate programming has focused more on a pedagogical presentation order and that that style is in conflict with what maintainers of software need. So I am thinking along the lines of having Smart Notes annotate code in some way. The focus should not be on a linear presentation style (as in RLiterate) that has to be carefully maintaned, but rather on annotating code and making useful connections. Imagine that every unit of a code base (function, class, etc) is represented as a note, and that there are links between notes to represent execution paths or related code. When working on a specific problem, you can gather the notes (parts of the code) that needs changing and you have all in one place. Another crucial feature to support maintainers (and working with others) is that it should be possible to edit code “as usual” without the need to use a literate programming tool. (Explanation at 5:10)
I learned more about video editing.
I bought a new camera, a Sony A6400 with a Sigma lens, that I’ve been playing around with.
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