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Using GitHub merge queue to ease the Dependabot churn

Good morning, project!

$ gh pr list

##1626  chore(deps-dev): bump black from 23.1.0 t...  dependabot/pip/black-23.3.0                  about 7 hours ago
##1625  chore(deps-dev): bump types-requests from...  dependabot/pip/types-requests-2.28.11.17     about 7 hours ago
##1624  chore(deps-dev): bump mkdocs-include-mark...  dependabot/pip/mkdocs-include-markdown-p...  about 7 hours ago
##1623  chore(deps-dev): bump types-redis from 4....  dependabot/pip/types-redis-4.5.3.1           about 7 hours ago
##1622  chore(deps-dev): bump pre-commit from 3.1...  dependabot/pip/pre-commit-3.2.1              about 7 hours ago
##1621  chore(deps-dev): bump types-deprecated fr...  dependabot/pip/types-deprecated-1.2.9.2      about 7 hours ago
##1620  chore(deps-dev): bump types-python-dateut...  dependabot/pip/types-python-dateutil-2.8...  about 7 hours ago
##1619  chore(deps-dev): bump types-redis from 4....  dependabot/pip/types-redis-4.5.3.0           about 7 hours ago
##1618  chore(deps-dev): bump moto from 4.1.4 to ...  dependabot/pip/moto-4.1.6                    about 7 hours ago

-Spits out coffee-

Datadog and custom tracing

When using Datadog for monitoring, Datadog will only record a trace if there is an incoming request.

If there is no incoming request, such as if a cronjob is running, then Datadog will not record a trace and you might not be alerted by an error.

To solve this, you can use the ddtrace-py library and create a custom trace/span whenever tag and tag a span with exception information. This will effectively make it possible to track errors in APM error tracking.

Developing with Apple Silicon

In software development, certain software were not designed to run on the ARM-based Apple Silicon. Thankfully, there are workarounds to install and run the Intel version of these applications. Like for the rest of this blog, this post aims to serve as a personal notebook and also for sharing this knowledge.

When I started looking into solutions to my Macbook Pro M1 challenges, a huge chunk was solved when I had read Ekaterina Nikonova's excellent blog post on Python virtual environments with pyenv on Apple Silicon.

This blog post is heavily influenced by her approach of setting up the app and app86 versions for apps which might need both native and emulated treatment.

Building Windows Terminal

The new Windows Terminal (codenamed "Cascadia") was revealed at this year's Microsoft Build conference and quickly received a lot of attention, as it addresses the decades-old terminal experience in Windows.

This is me jotting down notes on how to get up and running with the new Terminal before it gets officially released in the Windows store, using Visual Studio 2019. This is all possible thanks to the fact that Microsoft is open sourcing the new Terminal!