Weekly Web Harvest for 2020-04-19
- CastleDB – The structured static database
CastleDB allows efficient collaboration on data editing.
It uses the JSON format with newlines to store its data, which in turn allows RCS such as GIT or SVN to diff/merge the data files.
Unlike online spreadsheet editors, changes are made locally. This allows local experiments before either commiting or reverting.
- IanHubert – YouTube
Worth watching even if you don’t want to learn Blender.
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