Quick Tips and Tricks for Hugo Development

Hugo is a really powerful static site engine built in Go. I’ve used it in various projects including using it to build the site for the events I run (which includes my free online monthly meetups). It was pretty basic, as I didn’t know at the time where this would all lead. Finally, two years later I am taking the time to properly rebuild the site (though it isn’t live yet) and, in the process, am learning a lot of new things about Hugo. …

Building and Deploying a JAMStack site with Stackbit

In recent weeks, I’ve discussed how to start a new site from scratch with Netlify CMS and how to modify an existing site to use Netlify CMS. However, the tooling around JAMStack also continues to improve to where there are tools that are being created to further simplify the process of developing a content managed JAMStack site. …

A Fresh Look at Netlify CMS (Part 2)

Netlify CMS is a content management tool designed for JAMstack or static sites created by Netlify (though it does not require that you use their services). It is designed to work with whatever static site generator you choose - whether it is Jekyll, Hugo, Hexo, or whatever. …

Promoting Perceived Performance with Prefetching

There will always be a difference between how your site actually performs versus how people perceive it to be performing. This perceived performance is impacted by any number of factors, some of which you have no control over, from network or connection speed to simply differing user expectations. Actual site performance is something you largely have control over as a developer, but how your site is perceived to be performing by the end user is, for the most part, beyond your control. …

There's More Than One Way to Become a Developer

I’ve come across a lot of discussion lately about the best path to becoming a developer. Unfortunately, often this is focused on disparaging one path over another. For instance, I’ve seen comments that bootcamps are a waste of time and money and I’ve seen similar talk about obtaining a CS degree from a university. …

Some Things You May Have Missed in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (2019 Edition)

With over 90,000 responses, the Stack Overflow Developer Survey is the largest survey targeting the developer community. This doesn’t mean the results are perfectly reflective of the developer community (something, StackOverflow themselves acknowledge), but they are a useful metric to gauge certain aspects of the community - from changes to the make up of the community itself to interests and job focus. …