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  • GPX doodling - a guide

    🕑3 minute read
    Recently I drew a Halloween doodle while I was out for a run. A few people asked me how I did it, so I thought that a guide would be helpful! There are a few steps to getting a good result: Picking the location Planning the doodle Creating the doodle ...

  • Using GROQ to create an excerpt for a Sanity block

    🕑3 minute read
    This is a quick tip on how to truncate a Sanity block field to create an excerpt using GROQ. When querying the field using a Sanity Client and GROQ, there is no inbuilt excerpt function, or even a truncate function, so we need to do the steps ourselves. ...

  • Run report: To the Top of Corfu

    🕑7 minute read
    🏃Run
    A 33 km off-road trail run from the Corfiot sea side town of Roda, to the highest point on the island, Mount Pantokrator at (911 metres (2,989 ft)). A beautiful route, through olive groves, tiny villages, with views to die for, but took longer than estimat...

  • Fixing issues with NextJS local file APIs and Netlify functions

    🕑2 minute read
    Recently I migrated my personal website to Next.js and thought I had everything working well with Netlify, however on deployment I noticed an issue with the API data... Background As part of my migration from Gatsby to Next.js I moved the .gpx data to a ...

  • Type narrowing and discriminating unions in TypeScript

    🕑3 minute read
    Type narrowing is the process of moving from a less precise set of types to a more precise type or set of types. The aim of type narrowing is to reduce the types down to only the ones where the following methods or properties can be correctly accessed or c...

  • Putting the `S` in SOLID JavaScript

    🕑4 minute read
    S - Single-Responsibility Principle (SRP) is the first design principal covered by SOLID principals. SOLID is an Object oriented design principal. It stands for: The principals were originally created and promoted by Robert Martin (aka Uncle Bob). S -...

  • Getting started with Blender

    🕑4 minute read
    I recently picked up 3d modelling after quite a few years away. I have not used Blender before so learning the basics involved many seaches and skimming videos to fine what I needed. This post is a quick guide to getting started with blender that I have cr...

  • React and Material UI (MUI)

    🕑7 minute read
    When I first used Material UI, I struggled with a few concepts. I've written this quick overview to help get my head around it, and hopefully guide others to a quicker start. I'm going to make a new project and then create some (horrible) styles! Create ...

  • Formatting percentage values with JavaScript Intl

    🧠Tip
    Javascript contains an Internationalisation API that you can use to format numbers to a user's locale. Setting the style to percent is all that is needed. Note: A value of 1 will return 100% because 1x anything is 100%! To specify the decimal places use ...

  • Formatting currency with JavaScript Intl

    🕑1 minute read
    🧠Tip
    Javascript's Internationalization API allows you to format currency. It takes the locale and options to configure the currency we're using. The options require the style to be set to currency and a currency option to specify the unit type, as this is retur...