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Mapping people and tags on Mastodon

How Steampipe’s API queries and relationship graphs enable maps that select what is helpful and omit what isn’t.

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News in the fediverse

The fediverse is our chance to reboot the social web and gain control of our information diets. Let’s make it trivial for anyone to turn on a rule like ‘news only on lists, not timelines.’

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Microsoft more than triples Bing Search API prices to recoup investments

A comparison of the prices reflects a 3x to 10x increase across different tiers for Bing Search and Bing Image Search APIs.

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Protocols, APIs, and conventions

We’re in one of those internet moments of rapid innovation, when new conventions can unlock emergent behaviors. Enjoy it!

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Mapping the wider fediverse

After overcoming a few obstacles, my set of Steampipe dashboards is starting to feel like the Bloomberg terminal for Mastodon that I envision.

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Images considered harmful (sometimes)

Steampipe’s Mastodon dashboards are image-free for now, and I think it’s having a calming effect. Perhaps all social media interfaces should have an optional text mode.

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Working with Mastodon lists

Steampipe makes it easy to create Mastodon dashboards, find interesting people, see which lists they’re on, and export lists in useful ways. Now we need ways to share and remix those lists.

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Mastodon relationship graphs

Steampipe and SQL allow us to see relationships among the data we extract from APIs. Here’s how to graph the connections between tooters and boosters on Mastodon.

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Instance-qualified Mastodon URLs

Transforming foreign server URLs into home server URLs makes a Mastodon dashboard massively more useful. Steampipe’s Mastodon plugin now does that for you.

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How many people in my Mastodon feed also tweeted today?

You can discover which Mastodon tooters also tweeted using my favorite kind of Steampipe query.

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Lists and people on Mastodon

When viewing the people you follow on Mastodon, it’s helpful to know which lists (if any) you’ve assigned them to. Here's how you can do that with SQL and Steampipe.

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How to use OpenAPI in ASP.NET Core

Take advantage of the built-in support for OpenAPI in ASP.NET Core to automatically document your HTTP endpoints. Minimal APIs are supported too.

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Create your own Mastodon UX

A dashboard+feed reader built with SQL gives you an easy and natural way to consume as much, or as little, Mastodon activity as you like.

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How to use Go's internal assembly language

Go's internal assembly language is generated from Go source code as an intermediate step towards creating a machine-specific binary. You can dump out the generated assembly and inspect it using Go's tooling, and use the generated code...

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5 reasons developers love GraphQL, and 5 reasons they hate it

Developers tend to love GraphQL for API development and querying, or they hate it. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly of this REST alternative on the rise.

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Microsoft previews Graph API proxy for developers

Graph Developer Proxy allows developers to test their Microsoft Graph applications locally by simulating Microsoft Graph API errors and mocking Microsoft Graph API responses.

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A Bloomberg terminal for Mastodon

Our brains are built to take in a lot of information at a glance, and if it’s organized well we can do that very effectively. Applying filters helps.

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Browsing the fediverse

Steampipe’s SQLification of the Mastodon API is a handy way to track activity in the fediverse. Use it to do Mastodon analytics, find interesting people, and more.

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