Amirul Abu - Software Engineer from Malaysia

Learning Update: May 2020


Starting this month, I want to record and track all my learnings in this blog. I have been learning so many things, but I did not track or wrote it down systematically in one place. This is my attempt to capture all my learnings or at least what are the subjects that I read or practice.

Since this is the first in this series, I want to record things that I have learned since Jan 2020.

Serverless framework #

I did an endpoint using serverless framework with NodeJS runtime. It does have quite tight integration with AWS Lambda so deploying to AWS is as easy as running a deploy command.

Nuxt.js #

Nuxt is a Javascript frontend framework using Vue. It does have interesting modes to suit your use cases. Assuming your content is stored in a database, here are some of the modes and use cases:

  1. Server Rendered (Universal SSR)
  1. Single Page Applications (SPA)
  1. Static Generated (Pre Rendering)

GraphQL subscriptions #

Made a simple project to test out GraphQL subscriptions. It is kinda a twitter clone that live updates the feed.
Code is done using VueJS SPA as frontend with Vue Apollo for integrating GraphQL in Vue, and GraphQL Yoga as backend.,

Strapi CMS #

I did a side gig for my friend and decided I do not want to build the backend from scratch using KoaJS, so I tried using Strapi CMS instead. It very fun to work with and I would say Strapi is quite flexible to add functionality. Among additional features I have added for the project:

Clean Code #

I started reading and watching the video series Clean Code, right now I am at chapter 4, Function Structures. I was very glad I started reading Clean Code since there are lots of gems that I can apply for my day to day task as a software engineer. I probably will write a separate blog post on the summary and my opinions on Clean Code.

Now I realize why certain frameworks and libraries write code in a certain way. Why they have certain naming, and how to pick a good name for a class, variable or function.

Eleventy #

This blog is made using Eleventy. It is always a good idea to start with a starter project rather than starting from scratch with any static site generator.

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