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Because I'm a small potato.

Jul 18, 2021

A doodle of GlaDOS in Portal 2 potato form with the word potato in Chinese, Malay, and English on the left.

I hope you’re doing well wherever you are during this pandemic. My blog was last updated five years ago and I figured now is a good time to reboot it, so, old posts begone and future posts will follow these Long Blog Short principles that I made up:

  1. Weekly update - at least, or more if there are more stories to tell.
  2. Minimally interesting - it doesn’t need to be perfect, keep learning.
  3. Links later - do not contribute new browser tabs before the post ends.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about being a small potato because that’s often how I feel - that in the grand scheme of things, what I know is insignificant and will never be enough. It is probably true, but what I can do is to just continue to grow.

It’s been a decade since I started my career in software development which is a rather fast-moving industry. More often than not, I stumble upon technology, methodology, or even simple tricks that I feel like I should’ve known but didn’t, not to mention constantly being reminded of fading knowledge. What I usually do nowadays is to jot them down as part of my weekly journal, and now looking back, I think those might as well be blog posts because who knows if someone else felt the same can benefit from them, plus I can learn if someone find mistakes or shortcomings in these notes.

My interests nowadays are mostly around web app development, and yes, that means we’ll see a lot of JavaScript. Other than that, I also dabble in topics around UX and stories of people doing great works. With that in mind, here are the notes for this week:

  • AWS CloudFront: it doesn’t support compression for files above 10 MB.
  • Browser: DOMContentLoaded is fired when HTML is parsed while load is fired after all dependent resources are loaded.
  • Deno: ESModule and permission API are probably more interesting and more important factors than native support for TypeScript.
  • Yarn: Use resolutions in package.json to upgrade the version of nested dependencies.
  • Logo design: some of the logo types are wordmark (e.g. Coca-Cola), pictorial (e.g. Apple), and abstract (e.g. Nike, which costs only 35 USD initially).

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