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Happy Half-Birthday!

May 30, 2013

Today is exactly 6 months since the first lines of Readlang’s source code were written:

commit 945599f750750ed19c37fe7337934f5e83999e8a
Author: Steve Ridout <>
Date:   Fri Nov 30 10:56:31 2012 +0100

	initial commit

And the idea to make the site was only born a couple of days before that, so it really is a half year old. I was living in Spain and frustrasted with my progress in Spanish. At the same time, I was keen to start a new programming project, and Readlang seemed a natural fit. I’d code the site by day, and in the evenings I’d test it to read books and learn Spanish, perfect!

I got a reader prototype up and running pretty quickly, and I was reading a novel with google translations within the first week. The site’s come a long way since then. I wonder what it’ll look like in another six months time…

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