30/04/2016

DD/MM/YYYY — a monthly check-in

A lot has happened this month. From NodeMC v5 and v6 to a new website redesign to a plethora of new project ideas, May is going to be a much busier month, so I think I should check-in.

NodeMC, one of my most beloved projects thus far, has been going far better than I could have ever imagined, with more than 30 unique cloners in the past 30 days and about 300 unique visitors, those have far outpaced my other projects. And to top it, off, 13 lovely stars. Version 1.5.0 (aka v5) recently launched with plugin support, and has been a monumental release for me in terms of what it has taught me and what the contributors and I have achieved. A big hats-off to md678685 for helping with the plugin system and other fixes within in the release. NodeMC v6, however, is going to be even bigger. Jared Allard of nexe fame (among other projects) has taken interest in the project and has rewritten the bulk of it using ES6 standards, which both md678685 and I have been learning, and has recently decided to rewrite the stock dashboard using the React framework. I could not be happier working with him on v6.

On a smaller note, my person website has had a bit of a facelift. I decided to do so after months of using a free HTML5 template that really did not offer a whole lot of room to customize. My new site allows me to add pretty much an unlimited number of projects and other information as I see fit. It’s built using my favorite CSS framework Skeleton, which I will forever see as superior to Bootstrap, despite not being updated in more than a year (I may have some free time to fork it), and using a nice font called Elusive Icons for the small icons. I’m throwing the source up on GitHub as I type this post (it’s up!).

I have a lot of projects in my head. Too many to count or even write down. It’s going to be a crazy few months as some of my more long-term projects (some of them mine, others I’m just working on) are realized and launched. I really don’t want to say much, but I know that several online communities, namely the Minecraft and GitHub communities, will be very excited when I am able to talk more freely on what I have coming up.

Okay, maybe I’ll tease one thing — I recently bought the YourCI.space domain, which I am not just partking!

Just a quick heads up as well, everyone should go check out Software Engineering Daily. I am going to be on the show later next month, but I recommend you subscribe to that wonderful podcast regardless. I will be sure to link the specific episode when it comes out over on my Twitter.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl
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