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My daughter (9) wants to learn programming and I'm torn about whether I should teach her something like HTML (fun, instant results etc.) or scripting (Basic, Python etc.) first. What is your opinion?

@louis if she has fun then she's more likely to be engaged and move into the other things. So whatever provides that positive feedback loop is good.

I want to dig into the Mastodon API and I thought one crazy idea would be to offer it on m3o.com! I have no idea whether that has any value but it's interesting nonetheless.

@glenn welcome! Cool to hear, also Go and JS focused here. Will be interesting to see what can be built on top of the Mastodon API.

@onegray welcome. Key difference. Much smaller focused community. Less noise. No ads. No algorithmic baiting.

Microservices has been taking a lot of heat as of late as Elon Musk takes over Twitter. Revisiting an article from 2016, microservices starts as a solution to an organisational problem more so than technical. blog.m3o.com/why-companies-ado

One thing I think a lot about now is community led infrastructure and open source projects that can outlast those who started it.

We currently have two models, corporations and foundations. Meaning companies that make money and organisations that ask for charitable donations to operate.

This is the only way projects have the scope to outlive people. Could there be another way? Community led infrastructure? Is it a thing? Is it possible a community carries forth a project? Interesting idea.

Thinking about optimal size () for a Mastodon server. I think those that get big like mastodon.social serve a different purpose than one's that stay smaller. Key question is at what point do you just recreate a Twitter like atmosphere.

I know its meta to talk about Mastodon on Mastodon but I gotta say it's super impressive to see a solo dev like @Gargron succeed. Speaking from experience, it's not easy to have the conviction to spend so many years doing it alone with very little in contribution or salary.

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Agree with @asim - definitely worth it. I discovered a few CLI-based tools that have proven highly useful in my daily workflow.

Super interesting to see the re-emergence of monolithic architectures. It's not just the cool factor, it's pragmatism. As someone who builds software for the masses as Micro services it's refreshing to see this step back to simplicity. Note: Most of my side projects are single process! e.g malten.xyz

@rjrodger quite interesting. For us with M3O.com we actually do a combination of functional and integration testing where examples are run periodically as an end to end test in production... per API!

Came across Console.dev this week. A newsletter which tells you about the best dev tools. Worth subscribing. console.dev

@manuel I had a feeling. Ironic that it'll go through the same thing as Twitter, ruby monolith eventually rewritten and broken down into separate services. Our server is fairly beefy with 4 cores, 8gbs of ram and SSD storage so hopefully it at least handles one aspect of performance for now. Not sure how federation works though.

Microservices taking a lot of heat recently because of Twitter. Shame that things get stigmatized when it's simply a pattern of development for companies with people scale.

There's something truly underrated about the API first development model. You immediately gain access to programmable building blocks which can be leveraged to build everything else.

@kelseyhightower decided to go this route as a former sysadmin. M3O.org is a Mastodon serve for remote developers. The architecture is very straight forward once you dig into it.

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