I’m an impressionable sucker; reading about interesting people’s recommendations will sway me.
Here, be swayed.
- I prefer the front-end. Modern HTML, CSS, and JS. I often use React. My code is accessibility and performance minded. Read more about what I know and don’t know as a developer
- Frameworks are useful if I know I can’t accomplish with default languages. It’s usually difficult to avoid using React/Vue/Svelte or WordPress/Drupal if you want to create a custom site. However, I often enjoy the challenge of native web languages without overhead.
- A modern front-end design layout starts CSS Variables and CSS Grid Display, then Flexbox, SVGs, your preferred server-side rendering language with client-side JS. Optimize to paint in ~3 seconds.
- I started using Visual Studio Code (now a tracking-free version of it called VSCodium) in summer 2017 but I initially could not find the right combination of extensions or shortcuts to beat ST3 as a front-end editor. However, because of momentum, I now usually start with VSCodium.
- Sublime Text 4 – This editor is solid, and as of 2018 is somewhat out of date but a recent push to modernize in 2021. I often use it for older projects. Because it’s so fast, it’s an easy one to grab for a one off. These are my settings and packages.
- WordPress is my jam.
Roots is my reference WordPress dev environment.
WooCommerce is the e-commerce platform of choice.
Pinnacle is my free, quick, and dirty all-in-one theme.
- I forked the Sage theme into Sage Starter as a static project starter, which requires Node.js, NPM, Gulp, and Bower. You’ll see many of my favorite NPM plugins such as BrowserSync and Autoprefixer.
Firefox and Brave (with some complications since). I open up Safari as needed. I play with Brave Nightly and Firefox Dev Edition. Tor Browser for privacy. Chrome is dead to me.
- Browser add-ons primary (All available for Firefox, many available for Webkit or Chromium browsers)
- Browser add-ons secondary (I use all of these as well but they aren’t essential)
- Chromium DevTools and Firefox DevTools. Windows VMs using Virtualbox on macOS.
- Read privacytools.io. Ask me questions if anything confuses you.
- Stop using Google as your primary search engine. Use DuckDuckGo. Bang your way to search.privacytools.io when DDG fails or back to Startpage or Google when necessary.
- Mullvad – Virtual Private Networks are necessary. Mullvad is the best and easiest VPN I’ve used and released as open source software. Payment is in Euro instead of Dollars. I use VPNs on most devices at most times.
- Wireguard is the best VPN client out there, better and lighter than OpenVPN.
- I installed Pi-Hole on a RaspberryPi to help with blocking bad URLs. I even route all my network traffic through Pi-Hole and into Mullvad via Wireguard. It’s complicated so I’m writing up how to do it.
- All photos edited with Affinity Photo, Figma, Aurora HDR, or Luminar. I left Photoshop and Lightroom behind in 2020.
- I try to use Open Source Software when possible.
- belong.io is a Twitter scrape of popular links. Liberal biased, still interesting
- memeorandum.com and thehill.com for news, left and right
- Less social media, more indieweb.org. It’s time.
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