Austin Letson

Software Engineer, Writer, Runner. @NYC

I am Austin. This is my website.

I am a interested in mobile development, editors, and limmericks. I am a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science.

Here you will find information about my projects and my thoughts and a variety of topics. If you have a question about something on this site, the best way to contact me is via email.

Recent Posts

Express Yourself! The Power of Regular Expressions in Vim

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Sometimes we know what we want to do with text even if we don’t know what the text is. Regular expressions are an important feature of many tools (programing languages, command line tools, etc.), but they play an especially important role in Vim. Text in Vim is first class, so all of Vim&rsquo ... Read More

A Little Spine: Why We Should All Be Judging Books by Their Covers

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“We are thickly layered, page lying upon page, behind simple covers. And love - it is not the book itself, but the binding.” ― Deb Caletti Bindings serve three purposes. Above all, the binding enforces the order of the pages and holds the text block in place for the reader. Reading copies of books ... Read More

Thinking in Letters: Why Word Processors are Anti-words

2020-03-05 editors vim google docs microsoft word

“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.” ― Abraham Maslow Word processors have monopolized the domain of text composition for the last quarter century. At their core, these programs involve text entry at the cursor, but with this function come a perip ... Read More