Happy last Friday of March!

Good gosh this year is flying by it seems! I feel like I've been pretty busy with the computer, almost to my own detriment. In fact, most nights this month have been 2-3 hours after my normal bedtime tinkering on the laptop. So my strategy this long weekend (I've got Friday and Monday off work) is to hide the laptop from myself #hashtag-no-self-control.

Projects

I've been a busy bunny (and a tired bunny), this month I've been working on a lot of different projects, in addition to my day work.

Serverless: I've been experimenting with cloud function based applications, I took a brief look at serverless, but am digging much deeper in to Brian LeRoux's (of PhoneGap fame) .Architect framework. I'm keeping notes of my progress and problems and hope to share later this year.

Video tutorials: I've (re) recorded over 3 hours of video material for a Universal JavaScript with Next.js online course. I'll email this list about it as it's released (with a reader's discount). Some vague details here details here.

Hardware: discovering pimoroni.com - I've gone into a bit of a over the top buying frenzy for tiny hardware. I bought a Micro:bit which are so cool - I managed to write a game for my kids in a matter of minutes.

On the blog

My primary use for my blog has always been a diary/reminder tool, so when I was asked about how I decided to name my company (not for the first time), I decided to write up what thinking went into the process.

If you do any Node development, then I've got to assume you've needed to debug more than once. Here's a trick for turning on the debug inspector on an existing running process. This trick has saved my bacon on multiple occasions.

I also sent out a newsletter to the people who bought my terminal.training with a really neat tip for quickly changing the entire theme of your terminal in a single command.

Monthly recommend

At the start of the month I attended jsconf.is - and sure there's some cool talks, but my favourite talk was on mental health in the workplace. This talk was full of data and useful advice for companies large and small.

During my visit I managed to get a trip out to see the Northern Lights…and actually saw them - so I'd recommend that too (with an SLR and some warm clothes) 😉


Until April, here's looking forward to spring 🐇🌼🌤

– Remy 👋