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Join the Dark Side

Today we are rolling out some changes to our UI. For those that haven't already played with it, you'll notice it's very white. We appreciate that a lot of developers like working in darker environments and so we've introduced a dark theme. In order to enable the new theme go to the Profile menu - click on your display picture in the top right section and toggle Dark Theme. Try it out for yourself. The new…

Say Hello to the new look Gitter

Hi there. Today we're launching an updated look for Gitter. It's cleaner, simpler and makes the popular All conversations view and direct messages more obvious and usable. TLDR: Try it out here. It's only the web and desktop versions that have changed, the mobile application and mobile web bits are still exactly the same. You can switch it off here. To enable it for your desktop version, take a look at this Topic. After reworking the…

Introducing Gitter Topics

We all 💜 a good chat - but do you ever feel there’s a little something missing from the conversation? We've decided to fill this gap, and over the coming weeks we’re enabling a new feature - Topics. Topics brings more structured conversations and content to your community. You can use it for forum-like questions and answers, FAQs that allow users to interact and discuss together - or whatever else you like! Whenever you've got…

Drop Database Migration in Core Data

Core Data supports migrating persistent stores (databases) from one model (schema) to the next without losing the existing content. It involves keeping versions of your model and the required mappings between them. However if you have a REST based app, then you are probably fine with not having to migrate the user's content as you can just fetch it all again from the server. You can do this in a surprisingly simple way (just make sure…

The Command Line

This post has been adapted from a talk I originally gave at codebar, which is a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running regular programming workshops. It is targeted to those who are learning to code. This post is in two parts, a little history, followed by some live command line examples. History Way back in the 60s - 70s, computers were becoming more than just calculators. They could save…