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. …

The J in JAMstack Does Not Stand for React (or Angular, Vue, Svelte, etc.)

Once upon a time, I was asked to present the best static site generators for JavaScript developers. I painstakingly went through each of the available options at the time and then got to the end where I revealed which one I recommended. The answer: none of them. Compared to the other options at the time (Jekyll, Hugo, Middleman), they were slow, less full-featured and lacking in much of an existing ecosystem (or documentation). …

Is JAMstack All Branding and Little Substance?

Last week, when asked for to share a contrarian position, Nicole Sullivan posted something that drew a lot of people’s attention: JAMStack is 99.9% branding and .1% substance. 😳😆 https://t.co/nxoEVQ43oE— Nicole Sullivan (@stubbornella) February 9, 2020 Needless to say, the people who love to hate JAMstack loved it and the rest of us (who love to love JAMstack I suppose) were more than a bit put off. The thing is, Nicole is not wrong. The JAMstack term was, in fact, all about branding. It was created by the folks at Netlify in 2016 as a way of rebranding what, until...…

Thoughts on the State of JS Survey

The latest State of JS survey results are out. As always, survey results need to be taken with a grain of salt. There is always a bit of selection bias involved in these sorts of surveys whereby certain groups tend to be far more likely to respond. These concerns are somewhat reinforced by the survey’s own reporting wherein almost 70% of respondents came from 3 sources. …