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Your URL bar is a CLI
· ☕ 9 min read · ✍️ River
When working with wikis, you can use your URL bar as a CLI-like interface for navigation, making your life a lot easier and more efficient!

· ☕ 18 min read · ✍️ River
A bunch of things I did wrong because learning is fun!

How to rename Cargo tables safely
· ☕ 8 min read · ✍️ River
Cargo actually provides a way to cleanly rename tables without any “downtime,” but it’s not obvious or documented how to do this.

Bot passwords & you (& your bot (& you))
· ☕ 8 min read · ✍️ River
What’s a bot password? What’s the difference between bot accounts and bot passwords? Why do I need all this anyway?

Don't use _pageName
· ☕ 10 min read · ✍️ River
Sometimes it can seem convenient to use the built-in _pageName field that Cargo provides; however, _pageName is a metadata field, and you should take care to use it only as such.

Die, DisplayPort!
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ River
DisplayPort sucks in a multi-monitor setup and I’m celebrating not using it anymore.

Vscode 2
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ River
In which I report a bug and discover I have to write an extension, sigh

A new-tab-in-container Firefox hotkey
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ River
A new AutoHotKey mini-adventure, in which I want a hotkey to create a new tab in a specific container, but here there be dragons!

Use cases for Highlight Links in Category
· ☕ 7 min read · ✍️ River
Highlight Links In Category is a very small MediaWiki extension that applies classes to links based on the links’ targets’ categories. It has a number of incredibly nice use cases; here I give some examples.

Adventures in caching primary keys
· ☕ 15 min read · ✍️ River
The pattern of store -> query -> store -> query can lead to caching nightmares when working with Cargo or SMW in MediaWiki. This is the story of how I dealt with one.

· ☕ 25 min read · ✍️ River
Popup content can offer users a wide range of dynamic content options on a page - and lazily-loading popup content can do this without increasing loading times. Here’s how I’ve built a framework for both static and lazily-loaded popups.

VSCode 1
· ☕ 8 min read · ✍️ River
Last week I installed VSCode for the first time, after using exclusively SublimeText for about two years (and Notepad++ prior to that). I’m going to document my learning curve.