By Colin Bate

Technical tools, services, and tips for people on a budget.

Technical tools, services, and tips for people on a budget.

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Color and warmth

Some things to note before diving in:There is a free Jamstack conference being held soon.The original AngularJS is now out of LTS.


Show and explain your code

Between recovering from my COVID booster and Christmas Eve, I've managed to miss a couple of weeks for sending issues. However, it seems like many newsletters take a holiday break, so I guess I'm in good company. That said, welcome to the final issue of 2021.…


Turns out the answer isn't 42...

If you got this far and only opened the email because of my clickbait subject, I apologize. I don't have an witty comment about the answer being some other number or anything. Although a Svelte-based FSM comes pretty close. :D


Wrangler, .NET and Svelte

Hey everyone. Today is more an issue of updates, news and that type of thing rather than new tools and services. Just how things panned out. Stay safe!


Writing, coding or filing...

Hello all, a fun set of links today. I missed sending an issue last week, things got a bit busy, but I'm back today. Maybe I'll even get a chance to play around with Papyrus (below) and find a new home for this newsletter. Either way, have a great day.


A Bunch of Rowy goodness

Hey everyone, I hope you are doing well. A real random assortment today, but I will note that the Jamstack Conference was last week so there are some videos from that floating around. An interesting one from Rich Harris (the creator of Svelte, Rollup, etc) ab…


How are you contrasting?

I'm not sure that question really makes sense, but I feel like that probably doesn't matter. Often times when working on projects, particularly personal projects, we adopt the default color schemes and palettes of whichever CSS framework we are using. Maybe t…


Digging deeper with your data

Hope everyone is doing okay. Things are getting a bit "wave 4-y" here in Bermuda. In any case, it is a bit of a light issue, but I wanted to get one out regardless. A focus on data, but more tools for connecting to it, and working with it rather than specific…


Manage and collect data better

And for something fun...


Easy backend options

If you are building an app based on human user requirements, then at some point during the design process you will likely say, "and then save it in the backend". And depending on your needs, all you want is some endpoint that you can hit without needing to w…


Launch a site with ease.

I hope that everyone is well! This week we have a set of tools that will help you get your site / blog up and running. Certainly not the only options, but all are solid choices. And if you scroll down, I share a video that I made showcasing how easy it is to …


Tools all the way down

Hey everyone, hope this finds you well. Today the theme is "many-in-one". All of the tools below are aggregates of smaller tools. For the most part. Maybe try squinting a bit to see it.


Part of a developer community

Despite our slightly misanthropic nature, most developers thrive on learning and sharing, and having a community of similarly minded developers to tap is a good way to do that. Below is an example of one such community and some of the various products and ser…


Working on your web app

Worth noting, there is a new version of Tailwind CSS out (2.2) and it introduces a lot of new functionality. Check it out.


Everything is data

I didn't set out to write a data themed issue, but that is what happened with some well timed announcements and releases that came to my attention. I hope that everyone is well as we head into summer here in the northern hemisphere.


Blitzing your sandbox

Whatever that means. Hopefully, this issue finds you well. There was some news this past week or so from a couple of the online IDEs I follow/support. Some cool and exciting stuff happening and I wanted to share that with you. Also, I can't believe it is the …


Embedding with Go and level up your command line

Nothing too earth shattering this time around. Hopefully everyone is doing well. If you are a command-line fan, there are a couple of links for you. As always, let me know if there are any fun free or cheap tools or services that you want me to include or inv…


Charts, comments and capturing ideas

Sorry for the delay on this one, things got a bit hectic in Bermuda with kids home from school again and mini lockdowns and whatnot. But we have things a bit more under control at the moment. I think.It's another random collection of links today, but hopefull…


Glam up your CLI apps

I hope everyone is well. Here in Bermuda, we in the middle of a large spike of COVID cases, which is causing us to be more locked down than we were enjoying previously. That said we are also making significant progress on vaccinating. Hopefully by next issue …


Svelte and Tailwind CSS excitement

Hi everyone. I try to make these issues about finding something fun and useful to others, but for the most part, it revolves around my own personal interests. Today, I'm ramping that up and talking about some of my favorite things. I've mentioned both Svelte …