Recent Articles

Being Critical of Past Developers
Being Critical of Past Developers
May 14, 2020 · 2 min read

How were those past developers of this project so very wrong?


SLIs, SLOs, and SLAs: What Are They?
SLIs, SLOs, and SLAs: What Are They?
May 11, 2020 · 5 min read

You might have heard these terms in reference to commitments with vendors or customers, but what are they, and why should you care?


What is the "JAMstack"?
What is the "JAMstack"?
Apr 26, 2020 · 5 min read

Simply, it stands for: JavaScript, APIs, and Markup.


Scheduling Netlify Builds with GitHub Actions
Scheduling Netlify Builds with GitHub Actions
Apr 24, 2020 · 3 min read

Netlify is a popular service to host JAMstack websites with, and updating those websites automatically on a schedule is easy with GitHub Actions.


Minify Files in Metalsmith
Minify Files in Metalsmith
Mar 26, 2020 · 3 min read

Minified files maintain all the functionality of their original source but optimize for size, which in turns means faster page loads and improved SEO - and it's a snap to do in Metalsmith.


Debugging Remote Jest Tests
Debugging Remote Jest Tests
Feb 20, 2020 · 4 min read

I ran into the need to debug Jest tests running inside a Docker container recently and didn't find any clear instructions on how to do it. Turns out it's pretty easy when you have the right flags.


Adding a Favicon in Metalsmith
Adding a Favicon in Metalsmith
Feb 17, 2020 · 3 min read

Favicons are low-resolution website icons that web browsers use to help identify bookmarks, tabs, and desktop icons at a glance - and they're easy to add in Metalsmith.


Pull Requests Welcome™
Pull Requests Welcome™
Feb 15, 2020 · 5 min read

Developers like to complain. We'll complain about lack of documentation, lack of tests, choice of framework, choice of linter settings, and so on. My response to it? Pull requests welcome.


Why You Should Use UUIDs for Your Primary Keys
Why You Should Use UUIDs for Your Primary Keys
Jan 30, 2020 · 4 min read

Universally unique identifiers (UUIDs) are 128-bit (16-byte) numbers that are designed to be globally unique, and as a result they make for great primary keys.


Adding a Sitemap in Metalsmith
Adding a Sitemap in Metalsmith
Jan 11, 2020 · 4 min read

Sitemaps are XML files that provide a list of all pages on a site that should be crawled by search engines, and they're very simple to add in Metalsmith.


Adding a Google Site Ownership Verification File in Metalsmith
Adding a Google Site Ownership Verification File in Metalsmith
Dec 28, 2019 · 4 min read

In order to manage your website in the Google Search Console you first need to verify ownership of your site. One way of doing this is by downloading a special HTML file from Google and uploading it to your site for Google to crawl.


Linting Metalsmith Output HTML
Linting Metalsmith Output HTML
Dec 8, 2019 · 3 min read

Best I know, there aren't any good ways to test the output of a Metalsmith build to make sure things like updated dependencies didn't break styling or content. But one thing we can do is lint the output HTML to make sure it's at least syntactically correct and doesn't contain broken links.