I wanted to stop the Obsidian editor cursor from blinking. Something like VS Code’s { "editor.cursorBlinking": "solid" } Some searching turned up an option to solve this problem in Vim mode using CSS, but in insert mode, the cursor still blinks. Eventually, I came across a macOS-based approach to solve this issue on StackExchange, included here for convenience defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriod -float 10000 defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOn -float 10000 defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOff -float 10000 After running, restart Obsidian and the cursor no longer blinks.
Cursor is VS Code with Cmd+K that opens a text box that can do text generation based on a prompt. When I created this post, I first typed insert hugo yaml markdown frontmatter In a few seconds, the editor output --- title: "Cursor Introduction" date: 2023-08-12T20:00:00-04:00 draft: false tags: - cursor - intro --- This was almost exactly what I was looking for except the date was not quite right, so I corrected that and accepted the generation.
The problem with long running code in Next serverless functions The current design paradigm at the time of this writing is called App Router. Next.js and Vercel provide a simple mechanism for writing and deploying cloud functions that expose HTTP endpoints for your frontend site to call. However, sometimes you want to asynchronously do work on the backend in a way that doesn’t block a frontend caller, needs to move on.
First attempt I made an attempt to setup TypeChat to see what’s happening on the Node/TypeScript side of language model prompting. I’m less familiar with TypeScript than Python, so I expected to learn some things during the setup. The project provides example projects within the repo, so I tried to pattern off of one of those to get the sentiment classifier example running. I manage node with asdf. I’d like to do this with nix one day but I’m not quite comfortable enough with that yet to prevent it from become its own rabbit hole.
I downloaded warp today. I’ve been using iTerm2 for years. It’s worked well for me but Warp came recommended and so I figured I should be willing to give something different a chance. Warp looks like a pretty standard terminal except you need to sign-in, as with most things SaaS these days. It looks like the beta is free but there is a paid version for teams. Warp puts “workflows” as first class citizens of the editor experience.

Nix Language

To broaden my knowledge of nix, I’m working through an Overview of the Nix Language. Most of the data types and structures are relatively self-explanatory in the context of modern programming languages. Double single quotes strip leading spaces. '' s '' == "s " Functions are a bit unexpected visually, but simply enough with an accompanying explanation. For example, the following is a named function f with two arguments x and y.

Zero to Nix

I started working through the Zero to Nix guide. This is a light introduction that touch on a few of the command line tools that come with nix and how they can be used to build local and remote projects and enter developer environments. While many of the examples are high level concept you’d probably apply when developing with nix, flake templates are one thing I could imagine returning to often.
Go introduced modules several years ago as part of a dependency management system. My Hugo site is still using git submodules to manage its theme. I attempted to migrate to Go’s submodules but eventually ran into a snag when trying to deploy the site. To start, remove the submodule git submodule deinit --all and then remove the themes folder git rm -r themes To finish the cleanup, remove the theme key from config.
The threading macro in Clojure provides a more readable way to compose functions together. It’s a bit like a Bash pipeline. The following function takes a string, splits on a : and trims the whitespace from the result. The threading macro denoted by -> passes the threaded value as the first argument to the functions. (defn my-fn [s] (-> s (str/split #":") ;; split by ":" second ;; take the second element (str/trim) ;; remove whitespace from the string ) ) There is another threading macro denoted by ->> which passes the threaded value as the last argument to the functions.
I was interested to learn more about the developer experience of Cloudflare’s D1 serverless SQL database offering. I started with this tutorial. Using wrangler you can scaffold a Worker and create a D1 database. The docs were straightforward up until the Write queries within your Worker section. For me, wrangler scaffolded a worker with a different structure than the docs discuss. I was able to progress through the rest of the tutorial by doing the following: