something new is coming.

August 13, 2021

welcome back!

I know, I know, it's been a minute since I've posted anything here. Don't worry; I haven't forgotten about you! In fact, something new is just around the corner. A few new things, actually. I don't want to show all the cards in my hands, but let's just say that hopefully, you'll be seeing a lot more of me around the internet and in the online developer community!

One thing I can say, though, is that the next big thing on my list is a refresh of this very website! I like to take a look at my website every year or so and see if it's still fulfilling the goals that I set out for it during the previous revision. Obviously, I'm a few months into 2021 already (even though I swear yesterday was the middle of March), so I'm a bit behind. The design phase is almost complete, though, and I expect some development action to start taking place in the next week or so.

It's exciting stuff! I think this new design is going to help out tremendously with some new goals that I have for the site, but more than anything else, this rebuild is giving me a chance to dip my toe into a new technology that I haven't had the chance to use before.

what's the plan?

Anyone who has read my previous posts or talked with me at any length about web development knows that I have a special place in my heart for PHP. It's still one of my favorite languages to write in, and I wouldn't trade the TALL stack for the world. However, there's another framework that's been catching my eye lately.

I've never been a huge fan of loading a website down with a bunch of Javascript. There's certainly a time and a place for that, but for a site like mine, I don't really need megabytes upon megabytes of Javascript. I have the same sort of feelings about the Virtual DOM, too. So when I caught wind of a beautiful (and incredibly fast) Javascript framework called Svelte, I knew I had to try it out.

Now, admittedly, aside from going through the tutorial and writing up a little to-do list app (because that's just what you do when you're trying out a new Javascript framework, right?), I don't have a lot of experience with Svelte. What I do know is that I, for the first time in a long time, loved both the experience of using the framework and the code that I was able to put out because of that. So we're going to see how this goes! If I enjoy building with Svelte enough, there may be a web app in my future that uses Laravel and Svelte with Inertia.js!

Obviously, I'll keep you all posted as I go along this journey. Svelte is still fairly new, but I love working with new, cutting-edge technology, so this ought to be a good time. And I promise, from the bottom of my heart, that I won't go 10 months without checking back with you all ever again. See you in the next one!