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@extend: One reason I love Sass

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As I was working on my last post, I re-discovered a feature of Sass that reminded me of why it’s so great.

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Manage Your Dotfiles Easily with Git and Homeshick

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It’s been a while since my last post, and one reason for that is that I spent some time upgrading to Ubuntu 13.10 and configuring my new system. It may be a bad idea, but for some reason I prefer doing a fresh install rather than directly upgrading when a new version of Ubuntu is released. But as fun as it can be to configure a shiny new system, I’ve learned that I really need a more systematic way to keep track of some of the more repetitive tasks. One very useful tool I found for doing this is called Homeshick.

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Amazing Resource DevDocs Goes Open Source

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DevDocs, the all-in-one API documentation tool for web developers, released its code on GitHub yesterday, officially becoming an open-source project. This is good news indeed. Now that anybody can contribute documentation, this already-amazing resource is only going to get better.

If you are a web developer and aren’t using DevDocs, you are seriously missing out. Here are a few reasons why.

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Run programs from your home directory in Ubuntu

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Update 23 Nov 2013: Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, setting variables in .pam_environment no longer works for me. No matter what I have in there, even if the syntax is correct, I get blocked from logging in to my account. I haven’t yet figured out why this is happening or what the solution is, but until I do, I’m setting my PATH variable in .profile instead. I recommend you do the same.

TL;DR

Setting up a directory to run local applications is very simple. You just need to do two things:

  1. Create a directory for them. I like to use .local/bin in my home directory.

  2. Edit the PATH in one of the files that sets environment variables. In Ubuntu, I recommended setting it in .pam_environment .profile.

Introduction

I really enjoy using Ubuntu, and GNU/Linux systems in general. In my opinion, they’re ideal for web development.

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Keep All Your Octopress Plugins in One Place

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Since I’m still getting this blog started and learning the ropes with Octopress, in my first few posts I’m probably goint to talk about it a lot. So far it’s been quite a journey.

I’m starting to incorporate some third-party plugins of which there many. These plugins add some very useful functionality, and I highly recommend you check them out.

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