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    Keeping a JAMStack site feeling fresh with recent tweets

    Tagged #web #development #static and #jamstack

    Having somewhere on your site to show a few of your recent tweets is a common requirement. Twitter provides some easy ways to embed tweets or twitter feeds onto your site via Javascript, but I'm keen to remove external javascript dependencies from my site. It helps the site to render more quickly, and lets me control exactly how it looks.

    But for a static site, it would be a pain to need to compile and deploy after every tweet. Luckily, by stitching together some simple tools, this can all happen automagically whenever a new tweet is posted.

    IFTTT Maker Webhooks
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    Isomorphic rendering on the JAM Stack

    Tagged #web #development #static and #jamstack

    I have been experimenting with something that seemed obvious to me for a while. A web development model which gives a pre-rendered, ready-to-consume, straight-into-the-eyeballs web page at every URL of a site. One which, once loaded, then behaves like a client-side, single page app.

    The fact that so many frameworks set about this with all manner of complex add-ons and machinery gave me cause to think I was missing something big. So I built a simple proof of concept with a static site generator to see if this model could work. I'm pretty pleased with it. Let me talk you through the approach and show you the result.

    Comedyinthecrown.com - delivered via an enhanced JAM stack
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    The shapes of web views

    Tagged #web #development and #rwd

    A few nice folks around the web have been sharing visualisations of the most popular viewport sizes appearing in the analytics for their sites. I thought these were beautiful and useful and wanted to make it easier for people to create their own and highlight the need for responsive web design.

    The most common viewports used to view this site
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    Adding a static comments system to my Jekyll build

    Tagged #jekyll #static #ssg and #poole

    I'm a big fan of simplicity when building web sites. That's just one of the reasons I like using Jekyll, a static site generator, to build out this site. Sometimes though, it would be nice to gather content from the site visitors via a form, and hosting a site as a set of static assets doesn't cater for that.

    That's why I decided to create a simple service which would provide that capability to any static sites. I'm using it to add comments to this site, and you can use it for yours too.

    Poole
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