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Using Bootstrap 4 with Metalsmith

Sep 22, 2019 · 7 min read

As a primarily back-end developer I tend to use Bootstrap in most of my full-stack applications. It's a great way to save some time getting a small project or prototype up and running. Using Bootstrap in Metalsmith isn't complicated, it just takes 3 plugins.


Starting a Metalsmith Project

Sep 19, 2019 · 13 min read

Metalsmith is a plugin-based static site generator originally from Segment. It's a current favorite of mine because of how sites are built as a pipeline of plugins where the output of each plugin is the input of the next. This allows for strong control over what happens and when it happens.


The Concept of Deployments

Aug 23, 2019 · 9 min read

Pupils dilated. Sweaty palms. Tingly legs. You lean in. A world of opportunity lays before you. You close your eyes…and wait. Deployments.


Tunneling a Database Connection with Docker Compose

Aug 7, 2019 · 3 min read

I recently had the need to tunnel a database connection from a local Docker container to a remote MySQL server. The AWS RDS instance is inside the same VPC as a bastion host that runs the SSH server. Rather than open the tunnel on the host machine and have the container connect through host.docker.internal I thought I'd configure it all in one place with Docker Compose.