Maëlle Salmon

R(esearch) Software Engineer & Blogger based in Nancy, France

maelle on the verge of laughing
©Photo Julie Noury Soyer

Current work

  • Part-time research software engineer for rOpenSci (since February 2018).
  • Part-time software engineer for cynkra (since June 2022).

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Hack your way to a good Git history

I’ve now explained on this blog why it’s important to have small, informative Git commits1 and how I’ve realized that polishing history can happen in a second phase of work in a branch. However, I’ve more or less glossed over how to craft the history in a branch once you’re done with the work. I’ve entitled this post “Hack your way to a good Git history” because writing the history after the fact can feel like cheating, but it’s not!

{saperlipopette}, un paquet R pour progresser en Git en toute sérénité

Une pratique de Git confiante peut changer la vie de tout développeur·se de paquets R : un historique utile, une capacité à travailler en parallèle sur différents aspects dans différentes branches, etc. Cependant, il faut en arriver là à la sueur de son front, car Git, ce n’est pas simple ! Notamment, un obstacle peut être de ne pas savoir où et comment s’entraîner à utiliser les commandes moins basiques telles que git commit --amend pour changer son dernier commit, git rebase -i pour retravailler l’historique d’une branche, git bisect pour trouver quel commit a introduit ce fichu bug… Le paquet R saperlipopette est là pour vous aider !


How to pronounce my name

My last name is Salmon like the fish and the colour, and you can pronounce it like that if you want. My first name, Maëlle, is derived from a Celtic word that means princess or chief. It’s pronounced “Ma-El” as “ma” in “macaroni” and as the Spanish “El”.