Weekly Update 95: The focus on programmers continues
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Thanks to your efforts, the gaps on our programming IA coverage table are reducing. We highlighted this initiative in this week's blog post, together with a description for new DuckDuckGo users of the kinds of programming Instant Answers that are available. The reaction from readers has been great, showing that your code contributions are really appreciated.
Now we have lots of cheat sheets either complete or in development, we'd really like to increase the number of Spices (IAs using APIs) for things like function or package lookups. See what languages are missing here: https://github.com/duckduckgo/duckduckgo/wiki/Programming-IA-Coverage and as well making Instant Answers, another way to help is by simply letting us know about good public APIs for particular languages that we might not be aware of.
On a separate note, you also have a few hours left to answer this poll to tell us what you'd like to see in this weekly update: https://twitter.com/duckduckhack/status/715900117245517824 (or just reply to this mail, ping us on Slack or Twitter, etc.)
And on to some specific coding suggestions...
Needs a regular expression tweak to trigger on searches like "foo alternative" or "foo alternatives". The maintainer is not feeling well — anyone able to help him?
Should be made a bit easier-to-read for beginners, similar to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=go+cheat+sheet&ia=cheatsheet&iax=1
There's an abandoned PR for this already which just needs finishing off: https://github.com/duckduckgo/zeroclickinfo-goodies/pull/1432
Thank you to those who have taken on some of these. Still plenty available!
It currently triggers on US zip codes but we can hopefully make it trigger on city names as well.
Now that the Time IA uses Moment.js (Thanks MrChrisW!) we should pass the user's locale to it and display 12-hour/24-hour time accordingly.
Thanks as always for your help and have a good weekend!
- The DuckDuckGo Staff