Blogging with Hugo & Netlify &


About 10 months ago I switched from Ghost blog to Hexo. I decided Hexo because it would be generating static site, which is great for SEO. It can be hosted on Github pages, which saves some £££. Then there is the most important reason: so I don't have to spend energy and time on maintaining the blog server and constantly migrating to newer Ghost versions.

The simplest answer to - should I use Redux in my React app?


There are a lot of good answers on the internet for this question already, I have no doubt that they all provide a much more complete explanation. But sometimes a high level understanding is enough to make an decision, instead of wasting hours of research then come to the decision that it is not needed. In this article, I’ll give the shortest answer I can come up with to answer this question.

What it takes to learning a new skill


Recently, I have been helping out with designing the new competency model for the my current employer. It has been a great learning experience, and as a result I have been trying to apply some of the learning to my personal development. This blog describes how I am planning to structure my own learning in the future.

My Recent Assertiveness Training


I am always trying to be polite, friendly and calm at work. It is called being professional, and it is especially important for people working in professional services. The word professional is in the name kind of gave it away, so the last thing I want is saying something I regret to a client or teammate.

Scrum development from a developer's point of view


Scrum development is great, it allows iterative development and much faster feedback loops. The concept is nothing new to a lot of people, and the adoption rate has been increasing. But I have yet to work in a team where I think we have achieved the maximum efficiency, in fact, most of the time we are far from it. The concept of Scrum seems easy enough, so why it is so hard to do it right?

Google Sheets as a service


The most difficult choice to make when creating a simple web application is not choosing the right framework or colour scheme (for any backend devs out there). Instead, the struggle comes from deciding if a backend is required or necessary. A lot of the time, it is hard to justify setting up a backend service for a simple web application. More times than not, the only thing I really need is one or two simple APIs to bounce some data around. For that, I don't really want to spin up a new EC2 instance on AWS, create a backend, setting up a database and etc.