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Shared node storage and more efficient distributed execution

First, a quick update: I’m back from paternity leave and I also just wrapped up some client work so I’ll be focused on unison for at least the next several months. I’m super excited to make faster progress now that I can really devote my full attention to it!

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Unison as a substrate for the IoT, heterogeneous computing networks, interacting with foreign / legacy code, and social apps

In Unison, arbitrary values in the language may be serialized and persisted and/or transported to other Unison nodes, without fear of conflicts or dependency hell. This does raise an important question: how do we deal with Unison nodes with different local capabilities? For instance, a node might have access to a local database or its own local file system, or a legacy shared library. Or we might want to create an IoT application in which Unison is being used to abstract over a heterogeneous collection of appliances with different sensors.

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Semantic editing makes programming faster and easier than text editing

I decided to do a head-to-head speed test comparing the current Unison editor to raw text editing in Vim. Below, here’s me writing the same code in the Unison editor and in Vim, typing at similar speeds, strictly using the keyboard with both:

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Updated the About page with a better overview

I did a major overhaul of the About page. Rather than try to describe everything about the project in full generality (which wasn’t working very well IMO), the new page now starts with a very concrete overview of the editor and then uses that to introduce some of the other ideas of the project. I think this works better for people who come to this site and wonder what the heck is going on here?

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