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Some new tricks

Teaching the blog some new tricks

Year, I know. This blog is not really used as often as I hoped I would. I have quite some material on my hard drive and in my brain that I'd like to dump here: Example scripts for science, some django stuff and so on. But for now, at least one new post: I've taught the blog some new tricks. Let's go through them one by one.

1 Restructured Text

The first thing was that I changed away from markdown syntax for my entries to RestructuredText. The reason for this is pretty simple: I prefer the syntax (it is much easier to read in text form) and it offers more flexibility. What kind of flexibility? Read one.

2 Support for code snippets

Following along the lines of Josh VanderLinden's excellent post I implemented syntax highlighting using pygments. This allows me to show code snippets in various languages, like for example python:

k = "hello world"
print k.title()

Or for example LaTex:

e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0

I like it a lot, this will make posting programming stuff a lot easier.

3 Latex support

The last new trick I want to rant about is LaTeX support. For example, the above formula looks like this in the blog:

$$$e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0$$$

Those three changes all together will make it a lot easier to post about scientific stuff in the future. Let's see if I do it this time.

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