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Blogging daily for eight weeks

I just realized that today is day 56 of my daily blogging experiment. That’s eight whole weeks of daily blogging. Wow. And a good thing that I noticed, as well, because I just couldn’t think of anything to write about today. Lucky me. Did anything change during those 8 weeks of daily blogging that I would attribute to blogging? Maybe. After the first week of blogging I started to feel motivated to work on some side-projects. [Read More]

Some tailwind beginner resources

Tailwind does not come with a default look and feel. If you don’t want to completely start from scratch, it’s best to start with one of many free templates. The following seem to be popular. All of them have a liberal MIT license: tailwind starter kit Meraki UI Components Flowbite looks somewhat similar to Bootstrap Tailblocks is a set of components I also found this interesting project that is specifically for prototyping email: Maizzle. [Read More]

Getting started with tailwindcss

Because I am primarily a backend developer, I have not paid much attention to innovations in frontend technology. Once I had learned the basics of the Bootstrap css framework, I didn’t really feel the need for learning about the details of css layout. But with my recent journey into frontend development, I also took a look at tailwindcss. As it turns out, this is exactly what I have been needing all my backend-developer-life. [Read More]

Teaching myself frontend development: What I learned this week

This week I struggled with getting vue to work with the most recent release of tailwind css. I was surprised to stumble into these kinds of problems this early in my first project. Usually, setting up a fresh project is pretty straight forward. But I completely undertestimated the complexity of frontend tooling. I went in with the idea that using straight npm would be a safe bet. However, the tailwind documentation refers to vite and npm. [Read More]

Creating a fresh Vuejs 3 project that uses tailwind css and postcss 8

I had previous complained written about my difficulties when trying to add tailwind css to a fresh vuejs starter project. I wasn’t satisfied with the end-result, so I tried again today. And again, it took me ours of searching, and only finding unhelpful answers of people who seemingly just copy & paste commands until something works? Is this what frontend development will be like for me? Anyway, I finally managed to reliably create an empty vue3 project that uses the most recent version of tailwind. [Read More]

Ten cool tools I found on Thoughtworks' 25th tech radar

Browsing through Thoughtworks’ 25th edition of their technology radar, I found some tools that look interesting, in no particular order: “Comby is a tool for searching and changing code structure” (source: comby’s website). It’s a little like grep, but specifically for source code, as it actually seems to generate an abstract syntax tree internally. Looks very cool. ProxyMan is a (macOS only) and Charles are proxies for debugging network traffic. gopass team password / secret manager based on git and gpg. [Read More]

Reading list on developer productivity and happiness

I stumbled down an internet rabbit-hole today, and came across a very interesting paper published in the ACM queue: The SPACE of Developer Productivity. I found the paper great because it made me appreciate once more, how interesting and complex the work of software development teams really is. And I found some great additional reference that seem worth checking out: Suchman, L. 1995. Making work visible. Communications of the ACM 38(9), 56-64; https://dl. [Read More]

Diversity & a better user registration form

Awareness that gender diversity is real, and not everyone wants to identify as either male or female is slowly moving into peoples minds, it seems. I remember discussions that clients were having, usually about user registration forms, where they had in the past always asked for the gender as “male” or “female”. They had long discussions, and their decisions kept changing. I was not in a position to have any input into either the discussions nor the decisions, but I regularly saw the results. [Read More]

Teaching myself frontend development -- part 3

Frontend dependency trees seem terrifying I did a little experiment today: I used my IDE’s (WebStorm) built-in “create new project” feature to create a vuejs, angular, and a react starter project. Then I compared the total number of installed dependencies for each project using npm ls --all | grep -v deduped | grep -v OPTIONAL | wc -l which should count all installed packages without duplicates. For comparison, I counted the installed packages on one of my python projects that is actually a full-blown production application: [Read More]

Obscure git commands: git notes

I have previously written about the awesome but less known git bisect command and the rather obscure git interpret-trailer command. Today I thought I’d share another obscure git command that I stumbled upon during my research: git notes. Adding notes to git commits without changing the commit git-notes - Add or inspect object notes DESCRIPTION Adds, removes, or reads notes attached to objects, without touching the objects themselves. That is the beginning of the man-page. [Read More]