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Jacob Baker

lead developer // mentor & lecturer // pizza devourer

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What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Wow! That's quite a history. Are those posts from 1998+ old d...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Looks sleek! Nice one.

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

It's looking good! How are you finding Next.js to work with?

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Can't say I've had much experience with vue.js or Gridsome! A...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Sometimes you just need the ease and simplicity of a solution...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

What attracted you to using ghost.org as a solution?

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Ooo I've not heard of Eleventy, I'll have to check it out. De...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

You can use blockchain to track the tie from raw materials to...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Like the simplicity! I did spend longer than I care to admit ...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

Looks good! I have to say I did think the Tie Tracker project...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

10/10 best not-portfolio I've seen.

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio? 2020 Edition!

I'll kick things off! On jacobb.uk I'm using Gatsby with Mat...

Whats your story as a developer /programmer? , i'm getting less motivated

Lead engineer here 👋 I still go through peaks and troughs of ...

Why do some developers prefer camelCase?

Depends on the language you’re using and its conventions typi...

Working from home - yay or nay?

Have to say having worked from home for the past 5 years this...

Debouncing

And as an added nicety you now know have an idea of how you w...

Loneliness in tech

It's a tough one! Personally I dip in and out every so often,...

Loneliness in tech

That’s a really neat idea! Just passively having a video ch...

Loneliness in tech

Take care of yourself 🙌

Loneliness in tech

Discipline is tough. I’ve also found it really easy to burnou...

Loneliness in tech

Teaching is also a great way to solidify your own learning!

Loneliness in tech

🙌

Loneliness in tech

I’m useless at exercising in the morning, always makes me f...

Loneliness in tech

Oh that’s interesting! Is it because it is difficult to con...

Currying

Slightly off-topic, but it is way to close to dinner time f...

How Do You Support Remote Juniors?

I work with juniors remotely almost all the time. Usually i...

Loneliness in tech

Totally! Online can't always replace socialising in person ...

Loneliness in tech

So I totally forgot hashtag in markdown makes it a title...

Loneliness in tech

hello

Loneliness in tech

Do you find it easier to socialise online rather than in pe...

Loneliness in tech

I used to like that running app game that was based around a ...

Loneliness in tech

Yes! My dog certainly has loved having me home, she gets an...

Discovering the terminal

That looks neat, I'll give it a go!

Discovering the terminal

I quite like using pushd and popd for navigating if I'm goi...

Loneliness in tech

It's a discussion post, so I'm after just that! Do you have...

Gatsby vs Corona

Not gunna lie I initially thought there was a new framework...

Musicians! I made a random scale picker: Box of Scales

Doesn't seem to play on iOS, could you fallback to WebAudio...

Typescript, react, redux, thunk, and material-ui template

Considered and done. Redux Toolkit is such a nice way of wo...

Typescript, react, redux, thunk, and material-ui template

Ooo I didn’t know that existed, thanks! Looks very differen...

Can anyone become a developer?

Yes.

What do you do when you're stuck?

Depends on the culture of the place you work I suppose. Cer...

What do you do when you're stuck?

Taking a break or looking for a distraction to focus on som...

Your C# is already functional, but only if you let it

Oh this makes me tingle

Are you currently working on multiple projects at a time?

At work I now work on one release (rather than project, so ...

Musicians (and others!): the Box of Scales is now bigger

That was exactly the inspiration! My teacher had a box of s...

What effect is the Coronavirus having on your work life and personal life?

I have a cold at the moment so other than “oMg dO yOu HaVe ...

The irreplaceable developer

The bus factor! Documentation, knowledge sharing through co...

Don't have a snappy title this week.

Good luck with the upcoming interview bits!

Code Knowledge

Great importance given my google analytic’s mobile to deskt...

When Containers Become Trashcans

Literally did this earlier this afternoon because it dawned...

What is the most difficult thing to explain to a non-dev?

Why I can’t just do a list of chores when I work from home ...

What are Story Points?

We as a team use both story points and time based estimates...

Musicians! I made a random scale picker: Box of Scales

Yeah I've been a little lazy and so far added scales for ev...

Musicians! I made a random scale picker: Box of Scales

Just spent longer than I care to admit playing with that!

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Oh I like the idea of keeping a log of what you do to refer...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

I like it! Only thing is the image on the homepage could do...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Are you finding React better suited to what you're after?

Native v.s. Web v.s. Progressive Mobile Apps

Thanks!

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

I think it's good to know how things work at a vanilla leve...

2019 Year in Review

Cheers to 2019! 🥂

History of JavaScript

I always thought it was named JavaScript to ride on the coa...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Do you think there is a benefit to using one over the other...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Thanks for that! As an aside, definitely going to keep yo...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Nice! I do like the bold colour palette.

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

That's really cool, good job! Really is looking like the Ga...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

No judgement here! My long-standing website is currently Wo...

I still have to Google...

Having all the resources available at your fingertips keeps...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Sometimes simple works best, no need to overcomplicate!

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

I like it! Sometimes it is easier to just keep it simple.

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Hemmingway App is interesting; haven't seen that one before...

Top 5 DEV Comments from the Past Week

🙌🙌

I still have to Google...

Oh god, yes. I mentioned in another comment I always have t...

What's the best thing to do when you've run into a debugging dead end?

Turn off the computer and go for a walk.

How to Improve Your (Junior) Developer Resume Bullets

Seems that quantifying the value and showing the added bene...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

I really need to give Netlify a go, it seems to be used eve...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Doesn't always need to use obscure/fancy tech; looks really...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Namecheap are my preferred domain registrar (not spon)!

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

That sounds quite useful actually. I've a project due to be...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Really like that. Would you mind if I showed it to my stude...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Seems to be a popular tech stack at the moment!

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

How do find using headless WordPress? I did a fair number o...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

I've not come across AsciiDoc before, why are you thinking ...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Looking like that's the path I'm going to go down. Do enjoy...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

Ah, I’ve been looking at possible CMS solutions this mornin...

What tech did you use to build your personal website/portfolio?

How are you finding using Gatsby? It’s something I was cons...

Dev Christmas Songs

I’ll kick this off with my favourite: Traversing Around the...

What Do You Do When You're Stuck?

Outside of the other comments (which are fantastic advice),...

How I write and send out newsletters that get almost 50% Open Rates and less than 0.5% Unsubscribes

Someone I work with is subscribed to an accountant’s newsle...

5 Mistakes I Made When I Started Learning Programming

Sadly self-doubt isn’t always something that shifts as time...

3 More Common Beginner Python Mistakes

Typo, fixed, cheers boss (:

3 More Common Beginner Python Mistakes

Thanks for pointing that out, both fixed :)

I still have to Google...

Then switch to Python, type out what should be a switch sta...

I still have to Google...

Oh jeez, date format strings is another one I don’t think I...

I still have to Google...

Yeah I would second that; JS tops it out of all the languag...

I still have to Google...

I will also never remember the right flags for tar...

What’s the most under-appreciated software?

That genuinely is a fun fact!

Words You Shouldn't Use in Your Workplace

That's brilliant, thanks!

Why we ditched story points to be more value-oriented

Interesting! I've yet to have a client give carte blanche t...

Why we ditched story points to be more value-oriented

It is true to say that we've one project where we don't use...

Why we ditched story points to be more value-oriented

I think my thoughts echo a couple of other comments; have y...

What tech & dev related podcasts should I listen to?

A nice selection— I’ll take a listen, thanks!

What tech & dev related podcasts should I listen to?

Perfect, thanks!

What tech & dev related podcasts should I listen to?

Just to throw one I do listen to out there to kick things o...

Is it safe to ship JavaScript Source maps to production?

^ this. Security through obscurity does not work!

What’s the most under-appreciated software?

ls is the most reliable piece of software I use daily!

Is it important to have hobbies outside of coding?

I have to confess I have a telescope collecting dust in my ...

Is it important to have hobbies outside of coding?

Ah yes, I fell down the Web MIDI rabbit hole not too long a...

Words You Shouldn't Use in Your Workplace

I can’t stand the word ‘just’. “It’s just a quick fix” “It...

Is it important to have hobbies outside of coding?

The guilt is real. Quite often I feel that I should be doin...

What language are you planning to learn next?

Potentially have a native Android app project coming up so ...

Is it important to have hobbies outside of coding?

Yeah I can get that. The nice part is when a side project i...

What Could Pawsibly go Wrong

We ask graduates/interns/students something similar, but mo...

Is it important to have hobbies outside of coding?

Interestingly before going to University and moving on to d...

I Built A Successful Blog In One Year, And You Can Too; 7 Tips For Enhancing Readership

It's honesty amazing the difference a quality header image ...

I am fed up with answering the same questions in interviews! - Are you too?

It's an interesting one. I'm not a fan of asking question...

What technology are you planning to learn in 2020? 💡

Whatever I pick will undoubtedly be out of fashion by the e...

I keep feeling demotivated when I realize how deficient my knowledge is.

This is something amplified by online communities where you...

Welcome Thread - v51

Hi, I'm Jake and I've no idea what to write about o/ I'm a...

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