February NotesJuan Villela
It’s been quite a month. So much craziness happened in such a short amount of time. My family and I have luckily been safe from most of it. And I’ve occupied myself with work to the point that I hardly did anything else but code this month. But, I still managed to squeeze in some interesting stuff during what little spare time I had that I wanted to share with y’all.
I’ve been working on this new project for a client. Unfortunately, I can’t share what it is just yet. But I can, however, talk a bit about the stack we’re using. For the majority of my work, I develop in React/Gatsby. It’s not so much a personal choice, but rather where the industry is at this moment. So whenever I get the chance to work with something different, I try to make the most of it and learn everything I can.
This time I’m working with Eleventy. This isn’t the first time I’ve worked with it; I originally attempted to build this site with 11ty a while ago. Back then, I was looking to retrofit an assets pipeline to avoid having to run two processes at once (task runner/bundler + SSG). And I came up with a nice little setup that leveraged JS class templates to transpile SCSS and JS at build time. I think it’ll make more sense if you see the code:
Then, any changes on the SCSS/JS will trigger an 11ty rebuild. And it’s all done with a single CLI command:
I revived these old templates for the client’s project and it worked like a charm. I’ve also had the chance to work with Nunjucks for the first time and reading their docs has been a joy; plain and simple with easy to understand examples.
I watched an entire show in a single month and I’m not ashamed of it. All 700 episodes and 3 movies were worth it.
- Naruto: I watched this show during its original run and covered a long period of my life. I experienced loss, pain, and marriage while watching it. And so much more in between. Watching it a second time with my partner brought back many memories and feelings. And now it holds a precious spot in my life.
- Little Women: Life is often shit and sometimes the best you can do is make the most of it and move on. I think this movie did a lovely job of showing that and I enjoyed it.
- How Rockets Are Made: It’s a video about how rockets are made. Filmed by an engineer; Destin Sandlin. It’s just 30 minutes of awesomeness.
- Lord of the Rings Style Beacon System: Destin talking about the science behind the Gondor beacons system. So more awesomeness.
- New Listeners Start Here: Aside from his amazing YouTube channel, Destin has a wonderful podcast covering all sorts of great topics and the science behind them. This is a great first episode for anyone interested.
- Making Gatsby Easy to Understand with Laurie Barth: A wonderful discussion about the inner workings of Gatsby as a company and Laurie’s journey.
- Legion: Son of X: I finally finished watching the show and wanted to brush up on my Legion lore. This is a great series and has one of the best representations of how Legion’s mind works, IMHO.
- A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge: This is an older article —reposting an ‘84 article— I came across about the rise of the spreadsheet and the impact it had on almost every industry. It’s a great read for any nerd.