Blog post from 2019

  • The Command Line

    With a lot of modern web development, you‘ll find yourself using the terminal more and more. This can be daunting at first and can become slightly repetitive typing the same tasks over and over again. However, you can configure your terminal to work…

  • Homebrew

    If you‘re using using macOS or unix, you might have heard people talking about “package managers”. These are simple utilities which help you, erm, manage packages. There are a few common ones which people recommend; brew, apt or yum. There are more a…

  • Homebrew Applications

    After you‘ve got to grips with Homebrew to install packages, you can also use brew to install applications. First find the applications you are looking for; brew search docker brew search firefox brew search visual-studio-code These are under “casks”…

  • The Command Line: Part 2

    If you are familiar with the command line or have read my previous article, there are still some improvements you can make. Some of these improvements require other utilities. If you’re on a Mac, then you should be able to install most of them using…

  • Editors…

    After tabs vs spaces and programming languages, one of the most controversial conversations you can have with a coder is about their editor. There are a lot to choose from and many come in and out of fashion. I started with Dreamweaver. Yup, I admitt…

  • Amazon Web Services: Basics

    Learn some basics of how to setup an Amazon Web Services account. Go ahead and sign-up for an AWS account. Next, you need to configure tokens which allow access to your AWS account. In ~/.aws/ folder, create a credentials file. You can setup as many…

  • Copy files to AWS S3

    Learn some basics of how to copy files to Amazon S3 using the command line. First you need an setup your AWS account. Listing Want to know what buckets you have? Use the ls command; aws s3 ls --profile "your-site" Making buckets You can eas…

  • Git Commit Messages

    Let’s talk about git commit messages. I’m sure you’ve seen or written git commits which aren’t exactly that helpful. The problem is so prevalent, some one has even built a website where you can generate your own horrendous ones. What we need is a con…

  • Git Versioning

    After you’ve learnt about standardising git commit messages you can use that data and do some nice things. You can automate versioning and CHANGELOG generation using Semantic Versioning First, use NodeJS to install the “standard-version” dependency.…