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Hello, my name is Brandon and I am a frontend web developer who focuses on vue.js. I blog and showcase some of my projects here.

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  • 5 Useful Time-Saving Bash Aliases

    Defining bash aliases has always been a neat little trick for saving time on the command line. When learning about aliases, a few ideas may immediately jump out. There are also some you may not have thought about. I hope to uncover at least one of those. In this post, I’ll list 5 of my […]

  • Testing File Uploads With Cypress.io

    Cypress is an end-to-end testing framework designed to provide coverage for front-end UIs. Learning how to automate tests has its learning curve, but the benefits grow with your application’s complexity. I was tasked to test a process that involves uploading multiple types of files. In particular, application/pdf and image/* mime-type files. Doing this with Cypress […]

  • Easy Inline SVGs With Sage 9/Blade Templates

    Inline SVGs are a lesser known trick for performant assets. Using them in traditional static sites is problematic due to how verbose they are. Inline SVGs can be anywhere from a few lines of code to a hundred! Not the prettiest solution. That is why it’s much better to use a component based approach. Using […]

  • Getting Sassy: 3 Useful Ways To Use SASS Mixins

    For years now, SASS has given CSS the functionalities that native CSS wish it could. These includes variables, selector nesting, mixins, extends, and much more. One simple but very powerful thing SASS gives you is the ability to outsource a similar set of style rules into a reusable “function”. This lets you centralize style logic […]

  • Let’s Learn Laravel Blade: Conditional Statements (Part 2)

    In our last post, we learned about Laravel Blade and its capablities. That post only scratched the surface, blade can do so much more! In this post, we’ll dive into conditional statements and rendering. Every good templating engine has simple ways to conditionally show blocks of markup. Blade makes this very easy. If you’re used […]

  • Git Amend: How To Edit Your Last Commit

    Git’s amend command is so simple, yet so powerful. I personally use it multiple times a day and even have a bash alias for it. Why is amending so useful? The answer is simple: programmers make lots of mistakes. Mistakes are a part of the job. Git amend fixes mistakes as simple as a commit […]

  • Make Your CSS Life Easier, Learn To Abstract Media Queries With SASS Mixins

    Digging into the trenches of responsive design can be surprisingly daunting, especially if you’re new to this kind of thing. The amount of shiny front-end build tools seem overwhelming at first, but they are ultimately here to help you. In this post, we’re looking at a shiny build tool called SASS. It’s actually not that shiny, […]

  • Git Good: Using Cherry-Pick to “Move” Commits

    It’s no secret that Git is an essential tool for all kinds of software. Git isn’t terribly hard to pick up, yet has a complex learning curve. The neat thing about the learning curve is the little tricks just waiting to be picked up. Today, I will be going over something that can be massively […]

  • Linux | How To Easily Compress a Video With ffmpeg

    Every here and there, you may come across a use case where it’s necessary to reduce a video file by 50-80% without any noticeable loss of quality. Often times it’s for front-end performance reasons, but can also come in handy if a server has an upload limit(50MB on a typical WordPress site for example). There […]

Featured Posts

  • Let’s Learn SASS & SCSS: Getting Up And Running (Part 1)

    If you’ve been in web development long enough, you’ve probably heard of SASS/SCSS. That’s no surprise, considering it has been around for so long(over 10 years), and it’s included in many popular build systems. Webpack builds such as create-react-app and Vue CLI templates come with easy SASS support. If you’re using your own build system, […]

  • Testing File Uploads With Cypress.io

    Cypress is an end-to-end testing framework designed to provide coverage for front-end UIs. Learning how to automate tests has its learning curve, but the benefits grow with your application’s complexity. I was tasked to test a process that involves uploading multiple types of files. In particular, application/pdf and image/* mime-type files. Doing this with Cypress […]

  • Advancing Your WordPress Workflow: Managing ACF Field Groups The Right Way

    If you develop custom WordPress themes, there’s no doubt ACF (pro) is in your toolbox. Simply put, it feels like a natural extension for developing custom themes. If you still haven’t picked up this tool, I’d recommend hopping over to their website and see what you’ve been missing. Out of the box, you get powerful […]

  • Getting Sassy: 3 Useful Ways To Use SASS Mixins

    For years now, SASS has given CSS the functionalities that native CSS wish it could. These includes variables, selector nesting, mixins, extends, and much more. One simple but very powerful thing SASS gives you is the ability to outsource a similar set of style rules into a reusable “function”. This lets you centralize style logic […]

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Demo 1
Defining Reusable Column Extends with SCSS

Quick Note: The atSmall type mixins are just basic media queries. Since these kinds of layouts are common, they also need to be overwritable if I want to change the spacing. Generally, the ‘default’ spacing is defined in the extend/mixins. Example Use Cases To get the layout working, you only need a container class and […]

Demo 2
Discord Bot: Reddit API Ask Feature

The Purpose Some Discord bots have a feature where you can “chat” with the bot(i.e: Cleverbot integrations). I decided to take a spin on this concept and utilize the Reddit API to answer common questions. A user from the server asks a question using the b!ask command, then the bot gives a random answer from […]

Demo 3
React.js Modal Using The Hooks API

Modals are a classic piece of application functionality, made even easier with libraries like React. You could go with a library, but you can often make your own with less than 100 lines of code. Using the hooks API, you don’t even need a class based approach. This example is going full functional! Defining The […]