So! Unity 2019.1 alpha 8 is out, with experimental "Incremental Garbage Collector" for C# folks, and "real actual Constant Buffer APIs" for graphics folks. And other things. https://unity3d.com/unity/alpha/2019.1.0a8
LTTP, but Travis CI is pretty cool. Getting automagic build+test on Windows+Mac+Linux e.g. in my SMOL-V github project was way easier than expected; just by having this file: https://github.com/aras-p/smol-v/blob/master/.travis.yml
For Vulkan shader compression, I have compared my own SMOL-V with SPIRV-Tools "MARK-V" codec, and found some things: http://aras-p.info/blog/2018/10/31/SPIR-V-Compression-SMOL-vs-MARK/
TL;DR: MARK-V compresses well, is a giant executable, and very slow.
I updated my toy path tracer Unity C# Burst code with a 4-wide HitSpheres implementation. PC 84->133 Mray/s, Mac 36->60 Mray/s. http://aras-p.info/blog/2018/10/29/Pathtracer-16-Burst-SIMD-Optimization/
I just updated SMOL-V (library that makes Vulkan shaders more compressible) to accept SPIR-V versions 1.2 and 1.3, e.g. as produced by Microsoft's DXC. https://github.com/aras-p/smol-v
I did an interview with lovely folks at "Isetta Engine" (student team at CMU) a while ago, and they managed to edit my random rambling into something that resembles coherent thought! https://isetta.io/interviews/ArasPranckevicius-interview/ -- on graphics, modularity, API design, random other stuff.
This interview with Amandine Coget (@LiaSae on twitter) is great and touches on many important topics rarely talked about: onboarding, usability, grokking large codebases, backwards compat etc. Good stuff. https://isetta.io/interviews/AmandineCoget-interview/
So...Washed Up! is out NOW 😎
Scratch that block-arranging itch with a our environmentally-themed puzzle game, the first from our husband & wife micro-team. 20% discount in launch week!!
It took a while, but Terrain system and tooling in Unity is getting some updates ;) https://blogs.unity3d.com/2018/10/10/2018-3-terrain-update-getting-started/
This post on code comments by Redis author is great http://antirez.com/news/124
New blog post: Mesh Shader Possibilities! http://www.reedbeta.com/blog/mesh-shader-possibilities/ Or why graphics programmers have been yelling about mesh shaders over the last couple weeks.
I did a talk on Entity Component Systems & Data Oriented Design for junior/future engineers here at Unity (not Unity specific at all). Slides: http://aras-p.info/texts/files/2018Academy%20-%20ECS-DoD.pdf and toy project (C++) for it: https://github.com/aras-p/dod-playground
Now that looks interesting: Sublime Merge, a new git/merge client from makers of Sublime Text. https://www.sublimemerge.com/
Julia Evans is basically a superhero. https://jvns.ca/blog/2018/09/18/build-impossible-programs/
"Using Rust For Game Development" by Catherine West is amazing (and much relevant outside of Rust too) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKLntZcp27M