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iTerm2 is a very powerful piece of software and includes a plugin system that allows you to write Python scripts that terminal programs can take advantage of. In this post, we're going to write two Python scripts for iTerm2: one to automatically switch to/from Dark Mode, and the second to play a sound on your local speakers when an escape sequence is printed, even over SSH. I'll also share a few bonus snippets that take advantage of some of iTerm2's lesser known features.

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At my latest job, I've found myself setting up Prettier and ESLint on several different JavaScript projects. I've done it enough times that the process has become somewhat mechanical, so I wanted to document it so that others might be able to use the same process.

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I've maintained a dotfiles repository since 2011 (at least that's when I initially put it into git), and haven't thought much about it since then. I wrote a basic "dotfiles installation" script back in 2013 and have been using and lightly modifying that ever since. My primary use case was just syncing dotfiles between my personal and corporate Macbooks, so it didn't need much flexibility. However, the Makefile wasn't trivial and doing simple things like adding new files required knowing the magic incantation (a combination of undocumented convention and GNU Make functions).

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This is a short update about all of the hobby projects I have in flight. I'm mostly writing this as a way for me to keep track of what's next on each of them, so I can decide what to work on next. 😀

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If you haven't heard of glish before, check out the post What is Glish?

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Glish is a programming language used to write manuals that other programs can use to influence their behavior. In glish, you don't write a program; you write write a manual, which is a set of rules that another program can reference.

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If you haven't heard of glish before, check out the post What is Glish?

This is the first in a series I'll be publishing on my experiences creating a new programming language. I've been working on Glish since late 2015. It's gone through several complete rewrites as I've learned more about how the eventual programming language should look, but this epoch is trending in a direction that might be workable. I recently started writing notes about my progress to help coalesce my thoughts and direct my development efforts. I typically do this at the end of any day I make a commit to the repo, so this is just a dump of those notes. As time moves on, I might add more cohesion to these updates.

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I wanted to play some old video games, and I had a Raspberry Pi B+ lying around, so I thought I would check out RetroPie and get that working.

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Hi, I’m Ryan. I’ve been a full-stack developer for over 15 years and work on every part of the modern tech stack. Whenever I encounter something interesting in my jobs, I write about it here. Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it!
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