It’s that time of the year once again, when you should take a five minute break from whatever it is you are doing. Here are “11 Best Programming Fonts” that might help you out in being a little bit more productive. If not that, than at least bring you a slight change and some eye candy, when staring at your code.
For me personally, Source Code Pro by Adobe (featured in the screenshot above) is still the best option. I have it setup in the Terminator as Source Code Pro Semibold at size 11, which makes it large enough to work with the code comfortably and small enough to eat too much screen space.
If you want to find and compare more fonts, have a look at these two resources:
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At some point last year I wrote the blog post titled “Getting started with workflows in PHP“. I received quite a bit of feedback about it, but, unfortunately, the priorities at work shifted and I haven’t done much more with workflows since than.
The world, however, hasn’t stopped. The tools and libraries that existed a year ago are still around and they got a lot better. Additionally, there are a few new tools that help with workflows, state machines, and the like.
Today I came across a really useful and easy to use tool for building and executing workflows in PHP – pvm, aka PHP Process Virtual Machine. It’s built and released as Open Source software under MIT license by the excellent guys at Forma-Pro. If you are still looking for a tool to build and execute workflows, I strongly suggest you give PVM a try. Given how complex the nature of the problem, this tool is probably the easiest to get started with.
ipstack looks like an excellent IP geolocation service with a beautiful API. If you haven’t used anything except for the MaxMind GeoIP, give it a try. Their pricing is quite good, with 10,000 lookups per month going for free.
Gitea is yet another alternative to BitBucket, GitHub, and GitLab Cloud. It’s an open source solution for self-hosting Git repositories. It’s a fork of Gogs, written in Go, and is available under the MIT license.
This Hacker News thread is full of useful and cool command line applications. Check them out, if you want to challenge or change your fingertip memory.
This Slashdot story links to this blog post by Microsoft. 33 years later, one of the most annoying issues with the Notepad text editor is resolved:
Starting with the current Windows 10 Insider build, Notepad will support Unix/Linux line endings (LF), Macintosh line endings (CR), and Windows Line endings (CRLF) as usual. New files created within Notepad will use Windows line ending (CRLF) by default, but it will now be possible to view, edit, and print existing files, correctly maintaining the file’s current line ending format.
They shouldn’t have invented their own line ending in the first place. But it’s great to see that they finally acknowledge the existence of the rest of the world.
PhpMetrics is yet another tool in the ever growing list of the static code analyzers for PHP. Compared to the rest, I think this one is the easiest to install and run. And it produces the most eye candy reports ever. The generated report is in the HTML format, with fancy charts and graphs, and makes it really easy to spot and fix the issues.
“Design for Blockchain” is a collection of articles about user interface and user experience design for blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and tools. Blockchain, due to its nature, is quite a technical subject, so making it friendly for non-technical users is a challenge. These articles are exploring the domain problem.