Open source and free URL shorteners
· ☕ 3 min read
URL shorteners shorten your URLs. You have many many products in the market - being the most popular. However, with a bit of help from amazing people who have built them, we can use our own URL shorteners. Again, nothing magical here - this was quite an old problem. People wanted to always mask their URL or make it easier for sharing.

Fake GraphQL APIs for Testing
· ☕ 1 min read
Speed up your GraphQL learning with fake GraphQL APIs! I love JSON Placeholder, but it serves only REST requests. I had been looking for something similar in GraphQL. Without longer-term, reliable options, I had reverted to creating my own fake GraphQL server. While having my own server is certainly useful, it can become a pain to demonstrate or outline a feature to all - either through a video, blog post, or in public forums.

VSCode file shortcuts I can't live without
· ☕ 2 min read
Here’s a set of VSCode shortcuts that are part of my daily workflow for working with files! We have seen a few VSCode shortcuts earlier, but none ever said - I had enough of them shortcuts. So, here goes. 1. Search text in all files Search text in within all files in workspace using .

Git in VSCode
· ☕ 2 min read
I have been a great admirer and user of command line tools. They reduce so much time and energy while getting things done. But, on the other hand I have not been a reasonably good user of Git by itself. I could never come to terms with typing in one too many statements to get to where I was going.

Server-side technology options and my hosting solutions
· ☕ 5 min read
Last year I started focusing on web and application development to a greater extent than what I have done in the past. After having done my time with large enterprises, I now work primarily in a super cost-conscious market. All those things speak poorly about my budgeting and planning skills as far as server hosts are concerned.

Install Scoop for Command-line Nirvana
· ☕ 1 min read
Command line in Windows. You love it when there are Powershell, Cmder and friends. And, you hate it when you cannot install simple programs quickly. Well, hate may be a strong word - but you get the gist. I have tried chocolatey and have a like-dislike relationship with that program. I have also experimented with VMs and anything that exposes more of the command line.

Most Valuable Site of the Month - May 2019
· ☕ 2 min read
Featured for the millionth time as a most valuable website - a site that generates all icons for free, and for real. I am sick of tired of Google results returning “free” sites that collect all information including my dog’s name and the declare that I need to pay $99 to get darn icon with the darn size.

Can a clipboard editor save the day?
· ☕ 2 min read
A clipboard editor of all the things? How can it be useful in this day and age? I have tried to automate some of the most common things that I do on a regular basis. There are a bunch of tools that I use to do just that - these save keystrokes (AutoHotkey), automate regular tasks (e.

Create your Own Javascript Playground
· ☕ 2 min read
I write quite a bit of Javascript on a day to day basis. But, I have a poor memory and keep forgetting things. Things like how I should be using a certain function the right way. This is where web applications like help. But it is not a pleasant experience to have blocks of incomplete code lying around in jscomplete, and keep executing few other parts of the program.

Spin up your own local GraphQL server within 15 min
· ☕ 3 min read
Create your own GraphQL APIs in 15 min flat using Postgres database and a bit of help from PostGraphile. No GraphQL server configuration needed. No frontend beginner developer ever said - “I want to play around with servers to understand their internals byheart before I venture forth with my beautiful Vue application”.

Optimize Images for Web
· ☕ 1 min read
I had been a big user of SmushIt! Wordpress plugin in its heyday. After slowing down my sites too often, I switched to offline solutions. None of the tools I used have been as easy to use as FileOptimizer. Also: find this handy download link. FileOptimizer is a free, open-source tool to optimize files.

VS Code Shortcuts that Level Up Developer Productivity
· ☕ 2 min read
VS Code is the most useful thing discovered after sliced bread. The extension ecosystem kicks up the productivity in VS Code many notches higher. Here are a few shortcuts that you must include in your toolset to get into God-mode. 1. Prettier on Save: Quicker format Install prettier. Enable ‘Format on Save’ in Settings’.

Vim in VS Code
· ☕ 2 min read
It has been quite sometime since I used vim or one of its flavours as my main editor for development. Is it time to go back to Vim? I am attracted by Vim’s productive usage of keyboard, but not so much about having to sacrifice VS Code or a few important shortcut keys in VSCode that Vim takes over.