creating_private_page (7 Part Series)
Long time ago I had a personal page that provides tutorials about many programming stuff. E.g. I showed how an operating system can be built using Assembler. Or how the Win32 API can be used with ASM. Also some Delphi stuff was there and so on.
My page was very popular within a specific target group. I had good SEO ranks and all that stuff. But at some point in time I lost interest in writing tutorials. And also I had no time left because other (non programming related) projects became more important.
Now in 2020 things have changed. I finished university in 2016, made a huge progress at work the last year. I started contributing to open source projects and built a few projects on Github. Drawing is my new hobby since 2019 and I think that this will be something I will do for years. I started using Twitter and Instagram more professional to promote my drawings and coding stuff and finally at the end of 2019 I came across dev.to and started to write tutorials again. I think I am now at a point where it makes sense to combine all those activities into one central website so I can provide it to those who are interested in (and of course, maybe employers are).
Yes I am one of those poor people who must handle GDPR because I am from Germany. Also we have very strict laws. That are the main reasons for the following points:
A comment functionality would require a kind of an login. This would involve cookies and all that stuff and thus would force me to be GDPR compliant. To be honest, I can do so much more in the time that would be needed to fully understand the GDPR. And yes, there are many different interpretations and opinions. I don't think that a person like me and you can implement the GDPR 100% correct without asking a lawyer.
But I want comments!
Of course people should be able to comment. A tutorial without interaction is senseless. So I will publish my blog posts regarding programming stuff here at dev.to and then link them at my website. No cookies, no accounts but fully functional!
In former times I experimented with different types of ads. But in the end this does not generate that much money. Also I would have to register a small business at my local government which would make my income tax return much more complicate. So there will be no ads at all.
Publish my drawings I post on Twitter
Today I have to publish my drawings at two social media sites: Twitter and Instagram. Why should I publish them manually to a third platform? That does not make sense. So I want to fetch them from twitter and publish them.
Easy to create and modify
I like markdown syntax. It has something minimalist. Thus that is how I want to write my page.
I like the idea of cool stuff beeing open source. And open source projects gain from a lot of benefits, e.g. free Travis builds and free hosting. Using git also gives me version history for free.
I have a few projects on github.com. Not very spectacular but at least they are my projects and I want them to be shared among the rest of the world. But of course I do not want to duplicate a project's description to my personal page.
I want to show you how I create my page. This means, I show you:
how to manage dev.to blog posts using git
well this one is easy. I followed the guide here:
fetch tweets and publish them
This aims to my drawings. I want to avoid duplicate effort after finishing my work. But it is not restricted to my drawings. It should be generic so I easily can add new topics I want to aggregate on my page. Also those tweets should be fetched by a CI server and then pushed into the page's github repository. If this is not possible, I need another trick to not query the tweets on every pageload.
present specific projects from github
My first thought about this topic could be the best maybe. I will add a special markdown file in each project I want to display at my page. If it works, I can show you how this is done.
This was the first part. Hopefully a few will follow. Stay tuned!
If you are interested in my old Assembler work you can access everything on github.com. A few month ago I have opensourced all. But be aware: I was young and no professional coder and many stuff is commented in german.
I have found my old assembler code and made it public to everyone. Maybe someone needs it
Have fun with low level code, operating systems, kernels and so on
As I am not a native English speaker, it is very likely that you will find an error. In this case, feel free to create a pull request here: https://github.com/gabbersepp/dev.to-posts . Also please open a PR for all other kind of errors.
Do not worry about merge conflicts. I will resolve them on my own.