Dendron: a personal knowledge management tool on top of VSCode

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Seeing quite a few PKMs now - it’s good to know I’m not the only one who has a folder full of .txt/.md files :joy:

What do you think of it DG? What’s it like compared to Obsidian?

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I havent tried Dendron yet, it attracted me because it’s based on VSCode. Tomorrow I’m going on a 4 days trip and a week later I may get a chance to try it.

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its a really nice tool, but it’s so complex to start for nothing, sometimes I think too overwhelming for me and I more enjoy to use a simple blog and posting my TIL’s(Today I Learn)

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If you are on the hunt for a PKM and want something built on VSCode you can also have a look at Foam. I believe it is closer in spirit to Obsidian and Roam but I don’t have personal experience with it so can’t speak for how well it works.

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Plus one for Foam. I have been using it for months after trying out Roam, Notion, Dendron, Obsidian, and others. I love that it is VSCode-based, and not as opinionated as Dendron. I’ve added hundreds of notes to mine, and with a bit of VSCode tweaking it fits the way I think and work like a glove (a few tasks and keybindings to generate new notes, custom publishing with frontmatter on Gatsby although I intend to replace that with something else eventually, fonts and colors, etc.).

I’ve decided there is a lot of variation in how people think and record ideas, the important thing is that you stick with whatever helps you be more productive.

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I’ve started using org-roam as a zettelkasten and it’s pretty good so far. It’s like org-mode massaged into a slip-box with SQLite coordinating backlinks, and you get all of the org-mode jungle with it. I personally love having a zillion interconnected text files as a notes system.

I’d consider Foam or Dendron but I’ve usually got VSCode open with… code. How do you peeps make this ergonomic?

With Spacemacs I have either the emacs app or terminal ready for me, Spacemacs having somehow become my mostly-non-code text editor. Just tested and literally takes two to five unrushed seconds from anywhere on my machine to be in a new note or searching the existing ones, which is also extremely fast and convenient. And it’s emacs so I can customize until I run out of food or money (but have learned to ignore elisp’s siren song).

Still I don’t know if this is better than other ways. Maybe I’m just giving in to a sunk cost fallacy with emacs after so many hours of painful (and pleasurable?) fiddling, but by now it’s really pretty intuitive. Ideally I’d like something with a great mobile story. Maybe taking the plunge with a Roam Research or Obsidian is worth it, I can’t say.

I also use Notion for longer form ideas, esp if they might include illustrations and I might want to share with others.

I can almost just barely see through the swirling mists of my imagination to my holy grail of notes & composition & organization. In the spirit of UNIX philosophy it would do one thing only but do it well. In this case that one thing would be to run your life. :eyes: :volcano:

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