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Topic: “Bitbucket”

Why I Love Markdown

For about the last two months, I’ve steady been moving toward doing all my writing in Markdown. Truth be told, I’ve been moving that way slowly off and on before that, having been looking for a simple syntax like it for quite some time. I’d spent some time writing in Textile—a number of my posts for Pillar on the Rock were composed with it, and I’ve even used it on this site in the past with a (now-largely defunct and therefore unlinked) plugin. Textile is great in a lot of ways – if you’re looking for a syntax that maps directly to HTML. (In fact, if that’s what you’re looking for, Textile is much better than Markdown.)

Then, over the last six months or so, I’ve been using Markdown here and there. Read on, intrepid explorer →


I recently started using Bitbucket for just about all my software repositories. I like GitHub, too, but Bitbucket has support for both Mercurial and Git, and I prefer the former (even if the latter has a bit broader usage in the software community).

You can find my public project(s) at Bitbucket itself or (identically) on a CNAME mirror of the site here at – a lovely feature that both GitHub and Bitbucket support.

One software development effort I’m involved with is actually testing Bitbucket for all its source repositories. If you’re on a small team, it’s a very good resource, as it you can have unlimited repositories for free if you have five or fewer people on the team, and for $10 a month for 10 people on the team. If your team is large enough that you can have a dedicated IP person, it’s probably less effective – but it’s hard to beat that for small teams without a dedicated IT employee.