Misc
Migrating Wordpress Sites Across Domains
· ☕ 7 min read
I recently had to pick up an old project on Wordpress and deploy the site on a CPanel server. So, I thought it was just the right time to document the steps needed to migrate Wordpress site from one host to the other, or from one domain to the other. While there are references to CPanel, the migration is almost the same for any control panels (or even when you don’t use one).

Setup Ubuntu VPS - First Few Steps
· ☕ 8 min read
I create virtual private servers at least 8-12 times an year for client and personal projects. The steps to go live remain the same - Get a cheapo VPS on Digital Ocean, Vultr (get $100 credit), Hetzner, OVH, and friends - I end up choosing Ubuntu as the OS Secure your server Setup app server, database server and tools Stitch together various components through configuration files I have thought about switching to Docker (or Caprover) for months, but keep putting off any kind of automation.

A quick start on ASP.NET Core Razor Pages
· ☕ 8 min read
Here’s a quick introduction to Razor pages in ASP.NET core, and an opinionated way to quickly start building applications using Razor pages. And yes, there is a case for using Razor pages even in 2020. So.. ASP.net? Yes, indeed. I have had a love-hate relationship with ASP.NET through years. I am way less productive using ASP.

Free Excel Template for Scrum Projects
· ☕ 3 min read
Excel is the only program you need to survive in IT. So, how about a template for tracking tasks in an Agile Scrum project? Why Scrum? If you are looking for the answer on why agile / scrum - You are in the wrong site That is well beyond the scope of this post In short: Scrum is a framework to run your project using Agile methodologies.

New theme for Saber.land - Beautiful Saber
· ☕ 2 min read
I played around with Saber.land a bit in the past week and it’s been amazing to work with. Mix Vue with static content in .md files Templates that I understand and love Use .md or .html files for content Easily bring some “dynamism” to the static pages - conditional rendering, use variables and so forth I mashed together a few design elements and created a new theme called “Beautiful Saber”.

A story of company case studies and API testing
· ☕ 3 min read
#rant that none asked for. I came across this whitepaper on testing micro services. I clicked on this link because I am writing microservices now but I am fairly new to microservices. I did a mistake that I have repeated 1593 times in the past. The said link was a resource by one of the big IT service providers.

Automatic Dynamic Sidebars in Vuepress
· ☕ 5 min read
How can you get automatic sidebars to be generated in Vuepress depending on the page? The Situation Vuepress is simple. That’s both a great and not-so-great positive at the same time in the same line. Using Vuepress is simple enough. Introducing navigation through a sidebar and a navbar is simple too.

Using Vuepress and other stories
· ☕ 9 min read
I am a big fan of Vue and cannot breathe without static sites. So, it is only natural that I play around and implement Vue-based static sites for fun and profit. Here’s a distilled-down version of my experience with Vuepress. The Situation I create static sites that are “real” websites. Typically the following factors in a static site generator help -

Simple Site Summary in Hugo
· ☕ 3 min read
Here’s a simple way to organize your taxonomies and have a bird’s eye view of the number of posts per category/tag in Hugo. The Problem As techformist.com grew, I became more and more disorganised in maintaining taxonomies. I had some interesting situations - a “static-site” category coexist with “static sites” category confusion b/w why I chose a few terms to be tags rather than categories in their own right the recurring need to “rethink taxonomy structure” depending on the flavour of the month and time of the day This often required me to go back and change a few taxonomy terms, or to reorganize site structure in order to provide better visibility to chosen topics.

Host your own site - 2020 edition
· ☕ 2 min read
Medium, Dev.to, Hashnode, Wordpress? Or, why should you invest in yourself rather than in platforms? The Problem Developers should write and write often. It may be anything - code snippets, ideas, thoughts, design principles, standards and what not. I have found that writing down things often forces me to solidify abstractions and get more clarity.

Include full content in site feed in Hugo
· ☕ 2 min read
Include all content of your posts in your site feed when using Hugo static site generator. By default Hugo will include only summary in your website feed (e.g. in /index.xml). Your theme may already provide a way to provide full content instead of just the summary. If it doesn’t, you can make those simple changes yourself.

Crazy space utilization in VSCode
· ☕ 2 min read
Running out of space? You have VSCode and love tinkering with it? Then do this. Well the introductory line is cheesy and shows desperation for clicks. So, I had to have them. And - no, this is not even a secret. VSCode stays sane until it goes insane with storage space.

Commit to blog daily - it's smart and stupid
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ [prashanth]
Daily blogging by itself is not a bad thing. I changed tracks a year back to get back to development after a million years of doing something else. I thought through the idea of blogging daily, what I was going to write about, and how that would pan out through days and months.