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Alright, I might have gotten a *little* excited when I learned about the `.buzz` top level domain, because I just bought 😃

Right now it just forwards to the project repository on GitLab, but in the future it just might be the domain for the first hive! 😄

The renewal rate is currently about $30, so I'll have to figure that out next year, but hopefully by then the project will be viable enough to justify the price! 🙂

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's goal is to keep only community interactions and reviews in its database and just pull book information from external sources. Currently, it's using @inventaire 's API as its source for book information.

Since there's a lot that still needs to be set up before coding contributions can be really helpful to the project, one great way to contribute to the project is to actually help clean up and expand 's database!

See this page to learn how:

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Annoyed by articles always claiming there are only a few alternatives to Goodreads?

Well, here's a growing list (currently up to 25) of book tracking and reading services that are not from Amazon!

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Hi! This is the official #Bookwyrm account. Bookwyrm is a federated reading platform (think Goodreads). Post about your reading and stuff! You can interact with Mastodon users and vice versa. We are going to toot development news and more.
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I'm thinking of doing a #Readlebee dev live stream later today. It's gonna be extremely boring and probably consist of only dependency updates, but maybe I'll actually get some UI stuff done too, who knows!

I'll probably be streaming on, and I'll update again if I end up actually doing it!

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Hey so I JUST got an email about new progress tracking features in The #StoryGraph (, and it's finally pretty much exactly what I've been looking for in a #Goodreads #alternative!

I'm still going to be developing #Readlebee because the name is way better and I have some good ideas for it (and it's FLOSS), but you should definitely try out The StoryGraph in the meantime because it's pretty excellent so far!

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in 5 days we will begin to publish all the Talks and Keynotes!

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Ah, I think I finally understand Server-Side Rendering for JS frameworks, so I suppose I ought to do that for #Readlebee so it doesn't just load a blank page if someone has JavaScript turned off on their browser.

Which behavior do you like best when displaying details and various reviews and statuses for a book after clicking "More Details" in the search results?
Also, how might screen readers handle each?

I'm aiming for a good solution between and usability.

This behavior will likely be used on both search results and items on shelves.

I know this doesn't look like much, but THIS is what I've been stuck on for months, so I had to share my success!

Various problems have prevented me from getting to this point of being able to successfully add a valid book from Inventaire to a shelf and then display that shelf with the added books!

Hopefully I can move forward with what I've learned from this process and overcome any future problems I run into.

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I'm going to plug again for anyone in the US. It's not perfect but seems like a far better alternative than buying books from Amazon.

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It's been about 1 year since I started working on @Readlebee, so I wrote a blog post about my experience so far:

TL;DR: the development process is very different than what I'm used to because I'm trying to do it "right," and that slow process has been discouraging, but I'm hopeful that I'll get something to show for my work relatively soon.

#Readlebee #webdev #floss

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I am a total noob at #ActivityPub. I have no idea what it is, why it's good, etc.

What's a good resource to learn about it and what it takes to implement it on your own website?

No overly technical stuff please!

I'm taking a quick video course (and I'll probably try to find some others after) on website accessibility to use for . I want to be sure that the experience is as good as possible for everyone!

When everything is ready, I'm going to need a lot of help making sure the is good and that the overall UX is nice. Still a little ways to go, but the path is clear to me. :)

This is good to know when you have to generate CSS classes for dealing with, let's say, the styling of an arbitrary number of tabs to make up for the lack of higher numbers of tabs in the style framework you're using:

In related news, can now correctly display an arbitrary number of book covers for a given book!

I'm still only inching forward, but at least the direction is forward!

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I tend to pre-write a bunch of code without testing it each step of the way. Most of the time it works just fine and how I want, but with some of the stuff I wrote for #Readlebee earlier, it did not lol

Thank goodness I'm also good at debugging my stuff! 😅

I'm realizing that I need to build support /after/ the app is built because it basically requires a full app infrastructure to already be in place to send and receive the data required... that's not a bad thing, though. It shouldn't be horrible once the app is ready.

That said, I do think that RSS support would be pretty easy to add!

Anyway, gotta get back to work. I've still got to finish the main functionality!

TFW just *one* single missed character in your code causes weeks of delay

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There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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I think I finally figured out how to get past a problem with one of the frameworks that uses that I've been hitting up against for a while now, which means I can continue making progress again!

Sorry there's still no milestones to report, but hopefully this can push me a bit further up the hill!

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