Drop #139 (2022-11-17): Random Time Sink Drops
Official SQLite WASM; Static Timeline Generator; FediDB
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Official SQLite WASM
Official WASM support was due, in part, to the work of many other projects, including:
Emscripten (which is a prolific WASM toolchain that we've covered before)
sql.js (which was the previous way to get SQLite WASMified, and that we've covered before)
A (minimal) full working demo is available, and you can get up and running in a matter of minutes.
Official support means we'll see lots more features moving forward, and more/new projects will likely be built due to this new, core support.
Static Timeline Generator
Molly White (@molly0xFFF), the incredible, snarky talent behind Web3 is Going Just Great is not just good at presenting the comedy gold that is the web3 grifter movement. Molly is also a highly capable senior software engineer with a diverse set of interests. One of them is data visualization and information communication, and one of the projects under that umbrella is this spiffy timeline generator.
Timelines make it possible to communicate events in both a story-driven, and (often) interactive manner. Rather than generate a widget you stick somewhere on a webpage, Molly's tool lets you build timeline webpages (via the 11ty site generator), which makes for a more immersive experience.
All you need to get started is some timeline content, NPM, and some place to shunt the generated content (which is highly customizable).
Any cyber folk that read this newsletter may appreciate having a tool to help make prettier timelines, given that we have to make these type of artifacts on-the-regular.
I was going to save this for the Weekend Project edition, but it felt like cheating giving Fediverse-related, back-to-back weekend projects, so you get to peruse FediDB today, instead.
FediDB is a compendium of tools that make up and information about the Fediverse. Along with a regularly updated view of the network, FediDB has a catalog of "all" the known bits of software that used in the Fediverse, with links to the project pages, and metadata about usage of each service.
It's a fun site that may help you discover new corners of the Fediverse to explore.
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