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About a week ago I got seriously bothered to figure out whether it is possible to run BPXE (a workflow automation engine I am developing) in a browser. I mean, theoretically it was always a possibility (Rust can target wasm32-unknown-unknown after all), but how does this translate to having something more than an in-and-out library that takes the heavy lifting away from JavaScript? So I set out on a journey.

It’s been a frantic week, suffice to say! The problem is that this engine is more than just a library, it’s rather a long-running engine disguised as a library so…


Please bear with me, I am still learning to speak

(One service at a time)

Have you ever noticed that the discourse is often about slicing and dicing the hardware, power and networking resources data centers have? Whatever you need — you can get it from multiple vendors, with excellent support and exciting features — as long as you keep bringing the money every month. The notions of cloud, AaaS (Anything as a Service) and serverless are firmly and unquestionably at the center.

While this is no collusion (at least I don’t think it is), it is clearly in the best interests of those who…


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Two months ago, after a lot of contemplation, doubt and internal resistance, I’ve started a small project to address some of the problems I had with how most of us do issue tracking in our projects.

A range of things bothered me. For example, weak offline operations support — even if I download a bunch of JSONs and read through them, I can’t really prepare a bunch of changes and send them out next time I am connected — not without some considerable amount of scripting.

Another, bigger issue for me was that issue tracking as we know it…


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A few days ago, I posted this tweet after discovering that yet another open source project I am using has that funny Heroku app to join their chat:

Thanks to a few lucky mentions I got down the road, it got liked and retweeted handsomely. Nothing spectacular but it showed that this message resonated with many people. (Of course, there were people who disagreed with me, that’s fine — and expected).

I thought it might make sense to unpack the message and perhaps explain some of the fundamental concerns I have.

While I was triggered to tweet by that…


I remember that about 20 years ago, when I was just a bit more naive and a lot more confident in my opinions, I thought that code is the ultimate source of truth. Documentation was secondary to me. I was living and breathing code to that degree when it comes up in your dreams and you start questioning what happens to code when its creator dies.

And in a very narrow sense, code is the ultimate source of truth. It is what will be executed, period. But hear me out — the more I read code (mine or somebody else’s)…


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tl;dr:

In an ideal world, maybe.

Contracts essentially act as middlemen gate-keepers, reducing the value of decentralization. Tokens as smart contracts add layers of complexity that are far more likely to fail and that requires contracts to have “administrative” backdoors.

One of the foundations (or, rather, promises) of cryptocurrencies that provided them with the initial traction, was the ability to forego the custodian relationship in a post-cash society and the ability to transact without a middleman. In a sense, a way to walk away from the status quo monetary system.

So, what are these freedoms built upon?

Firstly, it…


Last month, while sifting through my inbox, I discovered that I got charged for another year of about.me — a service that I didn’t intend to continue paying for, but forgot to cancel. Sure enough, as it is a common procedure for me, I e-mailed the support to tell that I didn’t intend to continue with their service as I didn’t find a way to get enough value from it and I asked them if they can refund my charge and be square.

Unfortunately, the company’s response was that, ultimately, if I fail to ask them to make a refund…


If you have been following some of my projects in the past year or so, you might have noticed that the my commit messages changed considerably and they no longer look typical. Take a look at this one:

(see referenced commit)

I shamelessly copied this commit message format from Pieter Hintjens’ C4 unprotocol. At first, this kind of commit message felt weird. Why would we want to begin every commit with a word “Problem”? What’s in it for me?

Turns out, there are multiple benefits to sticking to this ceremony.

Firstly, it gives you, the author of the change, an opportunity to understand…


This post is long overdue. I want to give a quick update on my 5K grant initiative. As you might have noticed, there were no updates and I am way past the self-imposed deadline. There are two reasons for that:

Firstly, after the launch of the grant, my revenue-generating consulting engagement has been terminated. This means I had to shift the gears and find something new to keep the money coming. Obviously, this reprioritized my time commitments (the list of grant requests is pretty long!) and expenditures. …


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Just recently, we’ve released PumpkinDB 0.2 and it’s a nice incremental improvement over our very first release that attracted quite a lot of gazers, despite a very minimal announcement (heck, just a link to a very minimal website, we had no other materials!). With this release, we’re hoping to attract the next wave of early adopters and contributors to help us figuring out project’s next challenges.

PumpkinDB is essentially a database programming environment, largely inspired by core ideas behind MUMPS. Instead of M, it has a Forth-inspired stack-based language, PumpkinScript. Instead of hierarchical keys, it has a flat key namespace…

Yurii Rashkovskii

Tech entrepreneur, open source developer. Amateur cyclist.

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