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The power of the browser console

Most modern web browsers offer a developer console of some sort. While some of them may look a little bit different, for the most part, the functionality is similar. If you’re a developer, you’ve likely used it or at least seen it. However, a lot of developers only really scratch the surface when it comes to all of the features the browser console has to offer. In today’s post, I’m going to dive a bit deeper into how you can use the browser console to make your life easier.

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Soft skills: Often overlooked skills to becoming a better developer

If you’re anything like me, you’d know how nerve-wracking the technical interview process can be. Especially if, like me, you’re not that technically proficient. But this process can be daunting even for those who are excellent coders.

Some developers can reverse a linked list or write an algorithm to check for palindromes in a jiffy. However, they are sometimes told they wouldn’t be a good fit for companies. So what’s the problem?

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Demystifying z-index

Back in the early days of the web, websites were pretty flat, and not the good kind. However, since CSS2 we’ve had the ability to set the z-index property on elements. This literally added a whole new dimension to websites: The Z-axis! The z-index CSS property allows us to choose which elements appear behind or in front of others on the page. It sounds pretty straightforward, but there are some caveats if you’re not familiar with it. Let’s have a closer look:

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Hey procrastinator! You can stop doing things last minute.

Hello everyone. My name is Emile and I’m a procrastinator. I’ve always put off important tasks until I felt motivated or to fulfil my need for instant gratification. Luckily for me, over the past couple of years, I’ve started to break out of my natural cycle. However, sometimes my old ways do rear their ugly head. Last month it happened again…

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WordPress in 2020

It’s 2020 and the world is a little crazy right now. You might look at your old website and think it’s time for an update. Alternatively, maybe you’ve never had one and think it’s time to build one. But where do you start? There are a myriad of tools available for building websites. You’ve heard of WordPress, it powers around 30% of the web, but you’ve also heard criticism of it. Is it the best tool for you? Let’s dive in and see how it stacks up in 2020.

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Making a case for the little guy: Mithril.js

JavaScript frameworks. If you don’t use them you’ve likely heard of them. The most popular of the lot are React, Angular and Vue. There are, of course, many more to choose from. Every year, The State of JavaScript surveys Javascript developers. The result of this survey reveals the current landscape of the JavaScript world. And, every year, I can’t help but feel a little sadness when seeing one of my favourite little frameworks sitting far down the list. Today I’d like to talk about Mithril.js.

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An unmade bed from someone staying at home

The best-laid plans of mice and men…

This isn’t the post I thought I’d be publishing today, but I think it’s the one that I should. Today is day four of South Africa’s mandatory 21-day lockdown. When I created my goals for 2020 three months ago, the world looked vastly different than it does now.

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Busy ≠ Productive

I’m always on the lookout for tools that can help me be more productive. Last year, I discovered and decided to try out Todoist, a to-do list app that caught my eye.

I started incorporating Todoist in my daily routine and soon started seeing results. I’ve always found it interesting how much of an impact it makes to write down my tasks. I wanted to find out more about why that is, so I did some research. This phenomenon appears to have been the subject of several studies of late. Hint: It’s neuroscience!

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Impostor syndrome: My current battle

Only a month ago I was a confident front-end team lead working on JavaScript web applications for the insurance industry. I had resigned from that position and was looking forward to a new challenge at a large live TV streaming service working as a software engineer. Little did I know that impostor syndrome was about to rear its ugly head.

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An example of how I use Notion to organize my life

If you’re anything like me, you might need some external help being more organized and productive. A couple of years ago I posted a blog post about how using Any.do, a to-do list app, changed my life. I’m still an advocate for Any.do, but I’ve recently added a new tool to my toolkit: Notion. It’s a doozy, so I thought I’d like to share how I’ve been using it.

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