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My goal is to help you work faster.

I must speak and teach until I hear 10 people say, "That thing you taught me? I used it! And it saved me time!"

(Ahem ... although maybe blogging slower than I'd hoped. Ugh, coders' repetitive stress injury.)

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09 Aug 2020 🔖 graphql web development 💬 EN

I stumbled into the Party Corgi Discord, a community of front-end web developers who produce a lot of written, audio, and video content teaching and learning the tech they use.

I happened to be online when the opportunity arose to study as a group, which is great because at work my team just got access to a new product that uses GraphQL (an HTTP-based communications specification), and I had no idea in the slightest how to use it until I started playing with Gatsby a month ago. I thought it’d be fun to follow others’ lead and take notes in public.

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Rate-limiting API requests in Python with a decorator

28 Jul 2020 🔖 python tips api integration 💬 EN

The other day, I needed to make sure that a Python script I’m writing doesn’t call a REST API any faster than it’s allowed to.

I wanted “DRY,” readable code, so writing “if-else” code around every call to a function from the requests module was out of the question.

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Gatsby Cloud live previews for Sanity-based sites

21 Jul 2020 🔖 architecture tips web development git 💬 EN


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Educators and students - get Figma graphic design software free

17 Jul 2020 🔖 tips 💬 EN

Figma is a really neat graphic design tool. I’ll let people who actually know what they’re doing tell you why.

I’m just here to say that if you have a “.edu” address or otherwise qualify, get it free while you can.

I’m also here to screenshot a few hard-to-find parts of the process.

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PL/SQL Nested Queries

14 Jul 2020 🔖 databases sql integration api json 💬 EN

I’m working on a middleware tool to extract “people of interest” from an Oracle database and convert the resulting data into JSON-formatted text ready to load into Instructure’s Bridge learning management system as users via Bridge’s API. Writing PL/SQL to extract the data with reusable “nested cursors” for maintainability was quite an adventure.

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Gatsby Minimum Viable Sanity Template

08 Jul 2020 🔖 architecture tips web development graphql 💬 EN

Recap of my latest project as I head into step 2 of 3:

I’m changing my simple Gatsby / React site to use the standalone Sanity Studio CMS instead of in-project Markdown-formatted text files as the source of the “Hello World” text behind generating an index.html with a body of <div>Hello World</div>.

Properly configured, Sanity looks beautiful for non-technical content editors, and paired with Gatsby Cloud’s “preview” sites, content authors can literally watch a preview of their site change as they type – all while getting the performance and security benefits of a static production web site.

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Sanity CMS Minimum Viable Build

07 Jul 2020 🔖 architecture tips web development 💬 EN

As step 1 (of 3) of my next project, I’ll set up Sanity CMS instead of markdown as a data source for the “Hello World” in my Gatsby-generated index.html.

Believe it or not, this will allow me to build a static web site with a “preview” version that content authors can watch change as they type into the Sanity Studio content management system.

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Why WYSIWYG static site CMS's love Gatsby

24 Jun 2020 🔖 architecture web development 💬 EN

Please correct me if I’m wrong.

This is my current understanding of why most Jamstack CMSes with drag-and-drop WYSIWYG previewing seem to heavily favor using Gatsby as a static site generator.

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How I brought my Google Page Speed from 80 to 91 in 5 minutes

23 Jun 2020 🔖 tips web development 💬 EN

I finally took the world’s advice and split my blog’s JavaScript into “load first” and “load last” sections. Brought my Google PageSpeed Insights score on mobile up from 80 to 91.

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Gatsby React WSYIWYG CMS-Friendly Markdown

22 Jun 2020 🔖 architecture tips web development 💬 EN

Come see how I built a drag-and-drop WSYIWYG CMS-ready web page with Gatsy and React.

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