Building Hex Diff
I wanted to give some insight into the Hex Diff project, how it works, and some issues we ran into on the way. The project is open-source, so feel free to look behind the curtain to see what makes it tick. Some parts of the project originate from my toy version, still running at https://diff.jola.dev, but others were written specifically for this project. We also ended up finding and fixing a bunch of bugs in other projects!
The Search View
I was excited to finally have a good use case for LiveView, and although it took some time to figure out how to interact with
select tags, the end result is amazingly snappy. Adding suggestions, based on what you’ve typed, and handling corner cases like packages with only one version was a breeze. The result is a user-friendly UI that searches as you type and when you find the package you’re looking for makes it easy to select a version range. A...
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