Tips For Running Your First Virtual Conference

It can sometimes appear from the outside that running a virtual conference is easy. Just hook up Zoom to a streaming service and you’re done. About a month ago, I ran my first virtual conference. Suffice it to say that this isn’t the case, even with four years of experience running virtual meetups and trainings via cfe.dev. …

Thinking in Jamstack

I feel like one of the difficulties that many developers face when considering adopting the Jamstack is that it requires a change in your mental model of how to build an application. This often results in a potentially misapplied belief that Jamstack is just for building simple applications. You’ll hear comments along the lines of a comment on my recent post: …

What Is the Jamstack in 2021?

2020 was a terrible year for a lot of things but it was a pretty good year for the Jamstack. We not only saw a lot of startups in the Jamstack space getting massive funding, but also big companies jumping in as well. For example, Microsoft launched Azure Static Web Apps and, more recently, Cloudflare launched Cloudflare pages. As I argued in the recent issue of Jamstacked, I think we will look back on this year as the year the Jamstack went mainstream. …

The Best Kept Secret for Free Developer Education

Just about 3 years ago, before the pandemic forced us all to go virtual, I launched a site with the goal of hosting free, virtual meetups (and occassional virtual workshops). Since then, thousands of developers have attended one of the almost 70 sessions I’ve hosted. However, despite the hundreds of hours of free recordings available featuring some of the best speakers in the industry, most developers have never heard of the site. …

Submitting Netlify Forms Using JavaScript

Netlify Forms make it incredibly easy to handle form submissions. In many cases all you need to do is simply need to give your form a name, add data-netlify="true" to your form element and you’re done. Netlify will detect the form on build and save any form submissions. You can view the data under the forms tab in your Netlify dashboard and even create triggers to do things like notify you via email of submissions. Easy. …

Tips for Running Virtual Meetups and Events

The spread of the Coronavirus has caused a lot of events to cancel and has forced event and meetup organizers to consider moving their events online. But many of the skills and tools that people use to run IRL events don’t easily translate to online events. In addition, there are a myriad of options out there to host your event, but each has costs and/or limitations. …