Welcome to my Research Notes

Historically, I've kept a lot of bookmarks in my browsers of choice--first Navigator, then IE, then Chrome, then.... I got tired of migrating bookmarks, and trying to organize the thousands of them. Plus, then I started trying to store notes in OneNote, and before long, I had research notes just scattered all over the Internet. Way less than optimal.

I've always been just a touch in love (and envious) of people who maintained their notes and links and such on the web, like Doug Lea's workstation home page (which does not seem to have substantively changed in twenty years). Doesn't matter! The format--simply text arranged into lists and links, with a clean background and little to no decoration--has always been something I've wanted to have for myself. I actually did, at one point, decades ago, on a long-since-defunct statically-maintained website and HTML pages. Note the word "statically-maintained"; keeping them all up to date was quite painful.

"Surely there must be a better way..." Such are the words that get many a software developer into deep, deep trouble.

Martin Fowler built his "bliki" back in the day, and I liked where he went with that, but I never wanted to build a static site generator myself--got too much research to do! I played around with Hugo (which is what my blog is written in), and it was... OK, but not great. Still vastly overkill for what I really wanted to do with this, which was really just "text and bullets". I tried to understand Gatsby, I really did. I can write React well enough, but Gatsby's internal model just defeated me time and again, and I just didn't need even a tenth of the power that it encompasses. Finally, enter JBake, which hits the spot quite nicely.

If you're super-curious to have a copy of my notes/links on your own machine, you're welcome to fork the repo. It comes with two very important caveats: One, these are my notes, so I will not be accepting pull requests or accept additional contributors (at least for now, never say never), and two, I make zero warranty about anything regarding what's there. I won't even guarantee that forking the repo won't destroy your hard drive, your computer, or your life. Caveat emptor. The repo is made available purely out of a potentially-misguided notion that people might find it interesting, and nothing more.

By the way, the following is copied out of the README from the repo, just in case you were curious about the categorization structure:

Hopefully you find this collection of notes and links useful, and feel free to drop me a Tweet if you find some interesting things you'd like to add

Ted Neward

(1 May 2020)

Acknowledgements and Sources

After picking up a ton of links and source material from https://github.com/MattPD/cpplinks, I realized I need to have a place to acknowledge where material comes from when I incorporate it. So, in chronological order of discovery and incorporation:

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Last modified 29 April 2020