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The Empty Box

September 23rd, 2020

When I was in high school, we learned about “The Black Box” which is a concept in theater. If memory serves me right, the approach was a simple and elegant one: that you can take any space, any black box, and make it come to life with a story. I liked the idea that it’s…

The Making of: Netlify’s Million Devs SVG Animation Site

August 3rd, 2020

Building a Vue App out of an SVG The beauty of SVG is you can think of it, and the coordinate system, as a big game of battleship. You’re really thinking in terms of x, y, width, and height. <div id=”app”> <app-login-result-sticky v-if=”user.number” /> <app-github-corner /> <app-header /> <!– this is one big SVG –>…

In Defense of a Fussy Website

June 26th, 2020

The other day I was doom-scrolling twitter, and I saw a delightful article titled “The Case for Fussy Breakfasts.” I love food and especially breakfast, and since the pandemic hit I’ve been using my breaks in between meetings (or sometimes on meetings, shh) to make full bacon, poached egg, vegetable plate, so I really got…

How to Convert a Date String into a Human-Readable Format

May 25th, 2020

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m writing this article, in part, because it’s something I look up often and want to be able to find it next time. Formatting a date string that you get from an API in JavaScript can take many shapes — anything from loading all of Moment.js to have…

How to Build a Chrome Extension

May 19th, 2020

I made a Chrome extension this weekend because I found I was doing the same task over and over and wanted to automate it. Plus, I’m a nerd living through a pandemic, so I spend my pent-up energy building things. I’ve made a few Chrome Extensions over the years, hope this post helps you get…

Advice for Writing a Technical Resume

April 27th, 2020

Marco Rogers asked a very good question on Twitter: I talk to a lot of people new to tech from non-traditional backgrounds, e.g. bootcamps or self-taught. I’m looking for good information for those people on how to build out a strong resume when they don’t have work experience yet. Advice is fine, links to resources…