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What Watson (https://watson-pi-demo.mybluemix.net/) says about my personality by analyzing the "Funding for Asciidoctor" post on the asciidoctor.org blog.

“You are analytical, heartfelt and tranquil.

You are self-controlled: you have control over your desires, which are not particularly intense. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them.

Experiences that give a sense of efficiency hold some appeal to you.

You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you. You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done.”

Pretty amazing.
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Hedonism 80% :D in my case
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Get started with your next reveal.js presentation in seconds thanks to the handy work of +Guillaume SCHEIBEL!
 
Creating a RevealJS presentation as never been simpler #asciidoctor   #lazybones  
After a couple of months, I finally found a topic to write the very first post in my new Hubpress.io blog. Today, we are going to talk about Asciidoctor and RevealJS. As you might know, you can use Asciidoctor...
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Tonight we're wearing orange.
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Here's an easy thing to learn about Vim that will save you lots of time. You don't just get access to a calculator, but rather all the registers (where you yank stuff).
 
Using #vim as a calculator
In insert mode, press Ctrl + R, then =, input your operation and press Enter.

Example:

Ctrl + R = 3 + 3 Enter, will print 6 in the current document.
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All those books written in AsciiDoc.
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A brilliant explanation about why the phrase "to keep people safe" is such a load of crap. If the US truly cared about keeping people safe, shit like this ($subject) wouldn't be tolerated in the slightest.
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Some really great tooling ideas coming out of AsciidocFx. Thanks for covering it +Jared Morgan​!
 
See how this multi-format editor converts HTML to AsciiDoc on the fly!
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Every now and then, I get asked the question, “Is it possible to convert AsciiDoc to a Google Doc (or the like) so people can edit it?”

At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I think this is the wrong question to ask. Here are my thoughts.

> Not everyone knows AsciiDoc

I recognize that there will be a transition period as people become accustomed to AsciiDoc, as with any new technology. AsciiDoc is catching on quickly, though, so I expect this issue to subside proportionally.

Often times, I'm able to get over that hump by saying, "it's similar in spirit to Markdown". That helps them understand what type of tool they should use to read it (i.e., a text editor).  Keep in mind we continue to improve the live preview tools like the add-on for Atom (see https://atom.io/packages/asciidoc-preview)

> AsciiDoc can be hard to "read" in its non output form when reviewing

The whole idea of AsciiDoc is that it is easy to read in raw form. Admittedly, there are times when it is not. I think we need to work from both ends to solve the problem. One one end, we need to write simpler documents. Cutting out excessive formatting is better for everyone (including the reader). On the other end, we continue to work to make the syntax simpler (either by modifying core or adding extensions). AsciiDoc isn't perfect, and experience will tell us where and how we can simplify it.

> I don't really want people adding comments to AsciiDoc file itself even if they could read AsciiDoc as they probably will mess up syntax somewhere.

Again, I'd argue this is actually the point of AsciiDoc. People add inline or block comments to communicate back and forth. As they are addressed, those comments can be removed. This is how I collaborate on AsciiDoc and I've found it to be very effective. If the reviewer understands a few rules, they can avoid breaking the document rather easily in my experience.

> Ideally, there would be some nice PDF viewer that we could share a document and everyone would see everyone's feedback as its added to a document.

This goes against our philosophy in Asciidoctor. Our philosophy is that docs should be treated like code. They should be committed to a revision control system and that revision control system should be used to manage the collaboration (edits, additions, deletions and comments). When you go to PDF, you put up a huge barrier to collaboration and ownership.

> if I send them an AsciiDoc to review won't really know what to do with it....

They are smart people. I'm confident they'll figure it out :) Most of the time, people are just resisting change. We need to nudge them ;) The benefits of AsciiDoc far outweigh the inconvenience and a little training.
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It's about repetition and consistency.

Keep showing folks the right way to work with the technology. Keep supporting and enabling them everyday.

Atom and ALP is the fast-track to acceptance for many I've introduced AsciiDoc to. And once RedPen AsciiDoc validation support is added into the Atom package, that will be another barrier removed.
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A very entertaining talk by +Hubert SABLONNIERE about how we can make better use of all these screens thanks to the web.

You'll also discover the technology behind DZSlides, which Hubert uses for the visuals in his talk.
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We want people to use open source not only because it’s the best software, but because it’s the best documented software.

In this post, I explain how we plan to use BountySource's new funding platform, Salt, to sustain the pace of innovation in Asciidoctor and build the hacker-friendly publishing toolchain authors like you have always wanted!
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You also need to remember that many so called markdown implementations are not. The spec is terrible and shortsighted and every markdown implementation is different in some way.
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Asciidoctor is on a mission to shape the future of writing & publishing. To make it happen, we need your support!
 
Asciidoctor Needs Our Help
I've had a wild ride in my journey in open source thanks to +Asciidoctor and the wider community like +Anthonny Querouil and +John Ericksen 

Now is the time for us as a Tech Comms community to put our money where our mouths are and rustle up some serious funding for this organization. Even if you can't donate personally, I'm sure that you could use your skills of persuasion to convince your organization to commit to supporting such a vital Tech Comms standard.

I'm going to do whatever I can to get things moving in the right direction. Up towards the funding goal.

What will you do?
Shaping the future of writing and publishing, primarily in the field of technical documentation.
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  • OpenDevise, Inc.
    Vice President, 2013 - present
  • Red Hat, Inc.
    Principal Software Engineer, Author, Open Source Advocate, 2013
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Software geek. Community catalyst. Java Champion. Believes in the freedom to share ideas openly & enjoy life.
Introduction
Dan firmly believes that open source represents a better way to develop technologies and do business.

As Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Dan leads the Asciidoctor project and contributes to many other open source projects including Arquillian, Awestruct and JBoss Forge. He's the author of Seam in Action (Manning), served as a representative for Red Hat on the JSR-314 Expert Group (JSF 2.0), writes for IBM developerWorks and NFJS magazine and is an internationally recognized speaker. He's presented at major industry conferences including JavaOne, Devoxx, NFJS, JAX and Jazoon. In 2009, he was added to the JavaOne Rock Star Hall of Fame for his talk "Conversations and pageflows on the JSF platform" and was named a JBossWorld Top Rated Presenter that same year. He earned another JavaOne Rock Star award in 2010 presenting alongside colleague Andrew Rubinger in the talk "Throwing Complexity over the Wall: Rapid Development for Enterprise Java". He's also recognized as a JAX Hall of Fame speaker.

To colleagues, Dan's known for his hard work and passion for Open Source technologies. His technical expertise includes Java frameworks (Seam, CDI, Weld, JSF, EJB 3, JPA, Hibernate, Spring), testing frameworks (Arquillian, JUnit, TestNG, Selenium), build tools (Maven 2, Gradle, Ant) and web development (Ajax, JavaScript, CSS) and more.

During a short stint at the University of California, Santa Barbara, following his graduation from Cornell University, Dan became captivated by the world of free and Open Source software (FOSS). It was his involvement in FOSS while living in California that helped him transition into the software development industry. He gradually discovered the combination of Linux and the Java EE platform to be the ideal blend on which to build his professional career. In his search for a robust Web framework, Dan discovered Seam, which was quickly granted this most coveted spot in his development toolbox. The rest, as they say, is history.

Dan lives with his wife and pet chinchilla in Laurel, MD, where he can often be found shouting at the TV during sporting events or working out his golf swing at the driving range. When not at home, he's likely traveling to worldwide software conferences and savoring Belgian beer and chocolate.

You can keep up with Dan's discoveries by reading his blogs at http://mojavelinux.com and http://community.jboss.org/people/dan.j.allen/blog or tracking what he's currently up to by following him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mojavelinux.
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Registered Linux User #231597, 245 day-long coding streak on GitHub
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  • Cornell University
    Materials Science & Engineering, 1996 - 2000
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Materials Science, 2000 - 2001
  • Col. Zadok Magruder High School
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