On a train, in a branch, adding tests to legacy code and refactoring. Aw yeah. Love it when a test goes green.

Forget this debate about whether it is overall more productive or not – for me personally, I just don’t enjoy coding if I’m not driving it with tests.

My online social experience is mostly through the indieweb. For following people and blogs, I use Aperture, a Microsub server, to subscribe to various social feeds. And then I read and interact with those feeds in various clients – e.g. Indigenous on Android, and Monocle on the web.

Although I don’t use Twitter anymore, lots of people I find interesting still do. So I want a way of following their posts from within my Indieweb readers.

I use granary.io to follow Twitter people in my indieweb reader. What it does is convert a Twitter feed into a feed in a format that I can subscribe to via Microsub.

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For future peoples possibly encountering this same error:

"stream_socket_client(): SSL operation failed with code 1. OpenSSL Error messages: error:14094410:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:sslv3 alert handshake failure stream_socket_client(): Failed to enable crypto stream_socket_client(): unable to connect to ssl://some.site:443 (Unknown error)

I was getting this on a server that was running PHP 7.1.  Upgrading to 7.3 resolved it.

(I also enabled SSL on the site that the call was being made from – a test site so it didn’t previously have any SSL – but I don’t think that made any difference.)

I’m going through the ‘Build A Laravel App With TDD’ series on Laracasts. I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s fun to code along in little step-by-step videos like this. It’s somewhere between reading a tutorial, doing a kata, and pair programming. Picking up lots of little tips about the framework, and tweaking my tools setup to keep up with the video with as little pausing as possible.

I just remembered that at the recent platform coops talk, Terry Tyldesley mentioned that Resonate is investigating decentralisation. There wasn’t time for much more info than that.. but the basic gist was that they don’t want to be a centralised platform. That’s very cool to hear.

Popped along to a talk yesterday on platform coops organised by Nesta and Cooperatives UK. Specifically discussing the capital conundrum as they call it. They’ve just put a report on it. Totally honestly, I still don’t understand like 90% of how coops work. I haven’t invested the time. But felt big love towards everyone who cares and is trying hard to make them happen.

I’ve had a bit of a social media hiatus. Not planned – it just kind of happens now and again. I feel out of the loop with what’s happening at the world’s bleeding edge. And, that’s totally fine. But I do miss my interesting indieweb and fediverse peeps!

Read The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Just finished The Player of Games (Iain M Banks) – also really enjoyable.  Less cinematic than Consider Phlebas (though still nicely paced), and a bit more to chew on philosophically.  The contrast of the hierarchical Azadian empire and the egalitarian Culture is interesting.  Gurgeh, the main character, from the Culture, finds some appeal in the way things work in Azad.  Azad feels like a caricature of Western society as it is today – superficially advanced and urbane, but with some real darkness hidden away, out of sight.