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.

Add PWA to your Hugo site
· ☕ 8 min read
Adding PWA to your Hugo static site is quite easy. What is PWA and why should I add it? Progressive web applications (PWA) are a nice way to give your websites an “app makeover”. Using PWAs your sites are perceived to load faster, are available offline, and in general improve user experience.

Prevent test emails going out to users in AdonisJS
· ☕ 2 min read
Here’s a quick way to prevent emails from going out in test environments in AdonisJS. We typically end up getting production data in part or in whole to test environments for a “proper” round of testing on real data. But all the data attributes cannot be so “real”. We typically end up changing fields like emails so that customers do not start receiving emails from non-production environments.

Production to test migration strategy
· ☕ 3 min read
While we love to have production-like environments for user testing, managing data and the test environments can present unique challenges. In today’s enterprises it is fairly common to have multiple test environments including staging, system / user testing environments and so on. These environments expect production-like features but only for specified users.

Build static sites using saber
· ☕ 1 min read
Saber is an exciting new static site generator based on Javascript. I am a big fan of static sites and use more than a few in my projects. But, I still got all excited when I came across Saber Saber - is a static site generator that uses Node supports front-end templates to be built in Vue (supported out of the box ), React (upcoming support) quite fast has a simple setup supports plugins supports fetching data from API sources as well generates a single page site within no time Saber’s way of building templates can be quite fast for people with some Vue knowledge.

What is GraphQL and why should I use it?
· ☕ 11 min read
Why do I use GraphQL? Also, the case for not using GraphQL. You must have seen the previous post where I waxed eloquent about how I mess up my Rest APIs. There was no way I would be satisfied doing that to a single technology stack. Ergo, GraphQL. What is the need for GraphQL?

How not to design Rest services
· ☕ 5 min read
How not to design Rest services? This is not a theoritical introduction to Rest - there’s something called the ‘Great Internet’ for that. But, what I do want to (cautiously) write about is how I mess up the design principles carefully laid out by smarter people. Practice 1: Use verbs in resource names We typically use the following API names -

Hosting Models for Blazor
· ☕ 4 min read
Blazor has three hosting models - as I see it :) Server Client Client++ We will look at them in brief below. Server Server hosted implies the entire application being hosted on server. A razor-thin (no pun) app is delivered to client and there on client relies on server for everything.

Format Hugo markdown and code
· ☕ 3 min read
Format your markdown using prettier and you are off to the races. Hugo static site generator keeps everything simple. I just love the power of typing in something in markdown, and seeing the finished HTML pages and blog formatted to specs (in no time, I might add). I use VSCode for writing markdown text.