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.)
So check out the tutorials. Play with code. Tell me about your triumphs.
09 Sep 2021
Hot take: anyone who tells you that Jekyll doesn’t support component-based design, and that you need a React- or Vue-based static site generator, is wrong.Continue Reading
08 Sep 2021
Non-tech post: For anyone living in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota: Naomi Kritzer has announced that she intends to blog about canidates for 2021. It looks like there’s also some coverage of outstate Minnesota 2021 races on another site.Continue Reading
28 Aug 2021
Stackbit does it again: their blog is kicking out articles that are amazing resources for web developers picking up new technologies. Their latest series is called the Jamstack Journey, and it’s a really great deep dive into the concepts I was trying to explain with “What is static web hosting?” and “What is a static site generator?.”Continue Reading
25 Aug 2021
Read on for how I went to bed angry over a mysterious API error that turned out to be a Python version error.Continue Reading
23 Aug 2021
Like with Gatsby for novices and dabblers, I need to work my way through Next.js, because I find it intimidating.Continue Reading
23 Aug 2021
I’ve spent a week writing e-mails and calling people after enabling a new primary-database-to-secondary-database feed.
I think one of the hardest parts about troubleshooting whether unexpected issues are “garbage in, garbage out” data-quality issues or whether they’re “I wrote bad code” issues is getting clarity about the input data quality from people who do the data entry without making them feel like I’m accusing them of failing to do their jobs.Continue Reading
22 Aug 2021
Like I did with Gatsby, I want to make sure it’s easy for novice web developers to explore if Next.js is right for them.
I aim to lower the bar by bringing you along as I learn it myself.
I also hope to abstract core Next.js concepts away from the command-line tools often used to implement them so you can keep your computer clean while you dip a toe into Next.js’s waters.
19 Jul 2021
Time for a performance check-in, and I realized I might as well brag publicly about some things I did in my database work this past year.Continue Reading
13 Jul 2021
Below are some miscellaneous Salesforce scratch org / packaging / SFDX / CumulusCI / VSCode / Git notes I don’t want to forget.Continue Reading
10 Jul 2021
Using Salesforce’s CumulusCI to manage SFDX scratch orgs? I am. I was working from a machine where Firefox is the default web browser, and Firefox didn’t play nicely with Lightning-mode editing of custom metadata types (it wouldn’t ever render the main part of the page where I edit types). Nor would Firefox let me switch to Classic mode (it kept logging me out of the scratch org). This is how I managed to open the scratch org in Chrome.Continue Reading