About the Site

2023-06-28 2023-06-29 2023-10-24 3 min

I decided to create a personal website for myself in June 2023. I suppose I want(ed) some kind of digital record of my development. I previously had a website (under the same domain) back in my university years. Back then I was more of a hobbyist. Wasn't as interested in the site as I was interested in doing stuff. Now, I'll try to pay more attention to it.

I wasn't sure what to use for the site. I don't want to waste more time than necessary to get it up and running, so I was thinking of using an off-the-shelf solution. I'm most familiar with WordPress. I thought I'd give it a try, but dropped it later. I'll need customizations, front-end and back-end changes, etc. It's too much pain to do these with WordPress.

So I took the longer road and decided to do it from scratch. Normally, this would take long, but I decided to fight against my perfectionism and keep this simple. Minimal UI, static views, etc. What's tricky is the tools that I'm using: Laravel, Tailwind, Vite. While I'm somewhat familiar with Laravel, I'm completely new to Tailwind, Vite, and bundling. I suppose it's safe to say that the site itself is another challenge for me.

I put together a simple roadmap to get things off the ground:

  • project structure
  • homepage UI
  • page routing and controller
  • flat file parser (page metadata from static files)
  • page and post models
  • first post ( about-site )
  • RWD
  • pages
    • about
    • contact
  • contact form functionality
  • pages
    • blog
    • projects
    • experiments
    • tools
  • search functionality

In the long run, I'm planning to turn this into a simple CMS. I think.

Ready or not

2023-06-29 2023-06-29 2023-08-06

Being impatient, I decided to go live with the incomplete version of the site. Filling the missing content is going to take some time, and I don't know, I don't want to wait. This should also raise the stakes and force me to not procastinate. I hope.

Since I began to edit this page as things come to mind, I had to modify the file format and the parser. Now, a single file can contain sub-pages. For example, this section is one.

Rewriting the parser

2023-08-06 2023-08-06

I recently came across the term "front matter" being used to refer to the metadata in static content files. I saw these metadatas here and there, but didn't know that they had a name, or wasn't aware of it (come on, everything has a name). Anyway, I did some digging, and it seems it's not that a recent thing. After this awareness, I felt compelled to rewrite my custom parser. The first version was a little ... sloppy. Trying to get things done quick does that.


2023-10-24 2023-10-24

Since I just enabled the "Experiments" and the "Tools" pages (although with no content), I thought I should explain what they represent.

"Works" are things that I've built, but grouped under these three categories.

Projects are usually work related and somewhat large undertakings. They usually solve multiple problems.
Experiments are usually fun, learning, and/or test related. They especially feed my curiosity.
Tools are relatively small, single-purpose undertakings. They usually solve a single problem.

Dark Mode

2023-11-06 2023-11-06

I've been doing some refactoring lately, so there isn't much change in the UI. One thing that is new, though, is the dark theme/mode.

While this is my first attempt at dark mode, I built a small HTML Application back in 2013, and it had dark mode support. So, I suppose, technically, this is my second attempt. I'll talk about that app in due time.

While I usually use the light mode, I must admit, I missed using and working with the dark mode.

Oh, another thing, I started using markdown. It's really practical for posts and alike. I also have a tool idea that utilizes markdown, so the practice will help.