Hello World

Like most developers’ personal sites, this has been my playground and has gone through many rewrites. I wanted an excuse to try out Vue, so I decided to rewrite this site from React. I really enjoyed working with Vue and learning some new tricks and techniques to make a “blog” without a database.

I am already itching to do another rewrite, though. This time with Elm =) I guess that is the developer’s eternal struggle.


Overall working with Vue was very pleasant. The .vue files are a very cool way to organize your code on a component level. You can combine all the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that make up your component into a single file. This allows you to seamlessly create reusable components.

Like many of the modern frontend frameworks and libraries Vue has the vue-cli which makes setting up your build and dev environments trivially easy. It does the heavy lifting of setting up the Webpack configs including hot reloading and production build file.

My Journal

I wanted a way to write a “blog” without having to store the entries on a server. Of course, I could have used a static site generator like Jekyll, but I wanted to try out Vue.

The solution I came up with was to write the entries in markdown and use Node to compile the markdown to HTML using Showdown.js. Once I have the HTML, I generate a JSON object made up of the markdown and some metadata about the post. I then import the JSON file into my Vue app so it is available to display.

To add syntax highlighting for the code in the journal entries I used Highlight.js. When a JournalEntry component loads it finds all the code elements and uses highlightjs to add syntax highlighting.

Building the Journal this way gave me some of the same benefits of using a static site generator like the posts being version controlled and not needing a server or database, but it also allowed me to give Vue a try. It also allowed me to get some practice in with manipulating files and directories using Node.