Developer Diaries 15
Hello and welcome to the Developer Diaries 15! August is over already, but summer is still going strong in Germany. August was a great month. It was very hot, but I enjoyed it a lot!
Last month, I built my first online shop with Shopify. I get it now why Shopify is the GOAT of web shops. Their product is very good. Even without coding skills, you can get your products to sell online in under a few hours.
I used their React Framework
Hydrogen based on Remix to build a headless
E-Commerce site. I learned a lot, and I documented the whole process in a blog
post. Make sure to check it out below.
It’s a great help to figure out what JS is used and what’s just imported,
wasting space and recude download speed. On the website,
moment.js was used to
format dates in a specific way. That reminded me of a previous job, where we
moment.js heavily and already had the discussion around whether we needed
that or couldn’t native JS solve these tasks.
Thankfully, there’s this great article on GitHub ↗ where people made an in-depth comparison , and the conclusion is: yes, you don’t need it!
moment.js and using basic JS to format dates, I could reduce the
client-side JS by almost 50% and make it much faster to load on mobile.
📝 Blog Posts of the Month
Here are the blog posts of August 2023:
I’m pretty happy about the e-commerce website write-up because it’s a great starting point if you consider building your first headless online shop. I documented all the steps I took to get up and going with the shop I recently built.
🎓 TIL Posts of the month
Here are the Today I Learned posts of August 2023:
My current fitness routine is running two times a week, and doing my bodyweight strength workout two times a week. I’m motivated to start my week with a 5k run, and I’m curious how long it will stay that way.
I can imagine that I’ll go back to running once weekly as soon as the weather changes to more autumn and rainy. I also would love to integrate cycling into my fitness routine, but it doesn’t fit well right now. I’ll see if this changes when I switch back to indoor cycling later this year.
I finished three books this month. I got hooked on the Silo Series because it’s running on Apple+. I managed to avoid trailers and spoilers and try to finish the books until I start the TV series.
Project Hail Mary might be one of my favorite books. The story is just wonderful. I’m really into science fiction right now, even though I thought that I disliked that genre. But I think I especially like the books from this genre, which start in a relatable environment and then enhance into more science-fiction.
I added a few books from this section to my want-to-read list, and I hope they are similarly beautiful. Anyway, here are the books from this month:
- Wool: Book One of the Silo Series - Hugh Howley ↗
- Winter of the World - The Century Trilogy #2 - Ken Follet ↗
- Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir ↗
I listened to the Syntax.fm ↗ episode with Ryan Florence recently. It’s a great talk about not only the framework Remix but also about the web, web technologies, and the ways they’re evolving in general. I took a lot of inspiration and further thinking from that.
I’m still big on Zelda. It still feels like I haven’t even finished half the game. So much to see!
That's it for this month. See you in the next one!
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I wish you a wonderful day! Marco