While I was rebuilding my website in Eleventy, I saw Amber Wilson's article about adding Webmentions to her site shared on Twitter. I'd heard of Webmentions but I'd never really looked into them and while I was reading Amber's post, I thought that it's a really cool idea and added them to the list of things I wanted to add to my site.
Ever since I gave Eleventy a go when I was building the LeedsJS website, I've been a huge fan and advocate, even convincing some people to give it a try out of my sheer enthusiasm for it. I absolutely love the simplicity and flexibility of it, as well as things like data files. I have a whole post talking about this stuff from when I was building the new LeedsJS website.
I've been meaning to convert my own site over for a while, and recently took the plunge and decided to do it. As well as giving me the opportunity to dig into Eleventy without a deadline pressing me, it also gave me the chance to make some stylistic changes.
A couple of weeks ago an idea popped into my head, I built it in a few hours and today, as it's a bank holiday, I'm launching it into the world!
The process for me was super easy! Because my HTML was already well structured and I had decent default sizes for my images, I just had to remove the links to the CSS files and it worked!
Many companies have internal APIs that provide their data, but scaling these can be tricky and expensive. There are also cases where you're using a rate-limited 3rd party API that you need to use to provide data to the frontend of your website.
While I was working at Sky Betting and Gaming, I was introduced to a pattern that they use called a viewbuilder. I find it to be a really interesting and useful idea, and we used it heavily in my time there.
So it may come as no real surprise that when I heard there was going to be a Christmas jumper competition at work last year, I decided add LEDs to my jumper and connect it to the Internet.
At the end of 2018, I announced that I was setting a 6 month deadline for LeedsJS to move away from Meetup. At the time they charged $90 for 6 months as an organiser, which I was paying out of my own pocket. At the time of writing, this has been raised to $98.94.
I first got involved in LeedsJS in 2015, and then took over as the main organiser in 2016. Since then, we've grown from around 15 people per event to about 60 per event.
When we were looking for a new venue for LeedsJS a few years ago, one of the criteria I set was "not a pub". Initially this seems like an arbitrary decision, but I had a number of reasons for doing so.