How to approach a disagreement

28th July 2020

As software engineers, there are a lot of things to disagree on: tech stack, syntax, code standard, testing, methodologies, etc. No matter your seniority, learning how to frame a disagreement is vital. It includes both disagreeing with what others have done and have others disagree with your approach. It happens a lot more often than we expect, so if we don't pay attention to our methods, then it is easy to cause stress and tension within the team or between teams. If this continues for a long time then well, then it will create a toxic work environment. As someone who has a consultancy background, which requires people to jump in a new team and start delivering value as well as navigate office politics, I thought this is an intriguing subject for me to share my thoughts on.

How to render react components in markdown in Gatsby

20th July 2020

In a recent post Stop trying, you can't multitask, I wanted to embed a few productivity books which I found useful. Since I write all the content in Markdown, I thought about embedding iframe components or insert image version of the book components in the Markdown, which are both terrible ideas. Luckily, there's a better way to do this with MDX, which allowed me to use React components inside Markdown. The solution is super clean, and in this article, I'll be explaining how to add React components to your Gatsby site.

Render client-side only component in Next.js

30th June 2020

If you are familiar with Next.js then you will know it is the React SSR (server-side rendering) framework created by Vercel. There are a lot of headaches in trying to build SSR sites in React, Next.js makes it drastically simpler by doing many of the not-so-nice parts and hiding it from developers. The problem with frameworks, in general, is that it does what it is designed to do very well while sacrifices control and customisation to achieve it. Next.js is very good at handling components rendered on server-side and then sent to the client. But how would you render a client-side only component in Next.js? That is an issue I encountered and what I'll be discussing in this article.

Stop trying, you can't multitask

29th June 2020

There are a lot of articles out there discussing why people need to focus instead of trying to multitask. At best, I have seen this being done from a biology point of view going into depth about how our brain works on a more fundamental level. I studied Computer Science at University, and this multitasking problem isn't new to me. Let's discuss how computer operating systems schedule tasks and what valuable lessons we can learn from it.

Set up domain forward from Cloudflare to Netlify

15th June 2020

I recently migrated a few domains to Cloudflare. Sure enough, my domain set up is all over the place afterwards. I decided to clean everything up and set up everything again from scratch. This article explains how I was able to get Cloudflare to forward all request to Netlify.

Are you ready for Google Core Web Vitals?

10th June 2020

Google recently announced the new Core Web Vitals, which will reshape the web soon. Although now they are only used as guidance metrics for websites to follow, it will massively impact how Google's Search Engine algorithm works and thus, how websites get ranked on Google search results next year. Is your company or your site ready for all this? In this article, we will go over what these metrics are and how it affects developers and businesses.

Easily test your site for improvements with

5th June 2020

Too often we forget to measure how our websites are doing, that is especially true for smaller sites like this blog. Not that it has never crossed my mind, but it just felt too much hassle to do. Recently, I found about, and it has changed everything! It is a collection of open-source tools are makes monitoring website performance super easy. In this article, I'll walk through how we can utilise it in our workflow.

A non-technical introduction to git

4th June 2020

Git is often explained in a way that is too complex for the non-technical people to grasp its usefulness or the purpose of adopting it in the business. In my opinion, it is such a simple (yet powerful) concept that anyone should be able to understand easily with some simple explaining.

Setting up Gatsby incremental build on Netlify for existing project

2nd June 2020

Gatsby incremental build has been such a highly anticipated feature. Without it, using Gatsby in large projects is unwise due to the poor scaling that comes with the increasing amount of content. Even for this small blog site, I've been feeling the pain, every time i need to deploy a minor fix. The upgrade process of anything is never smooth, so here are the issues I encountered. Maybe this will help some of you out there!

Tips on how to start and finish personal projects

17th March 2020

2020 has been chaotic so far, I hope everything returns to normal soon and best wishes for everyone. On the bright side, now the UK government has recommended people to avoid going to mass gatherings and businesses have told their employees to work remote. It is a perfect time to hammer out some personal projects. I have always struggled to work on personal projects on the side over the years, however, this year I’ve managed to complete 2 projects in 2 months. I know this is a common problem, so I’d love to share my experiences in this post.