Parker Davis

My plans for this blog

Hello!

Welcome to my personal/developer blog. You may know that I have a bird sound blog that explores the world of birds, sound, and recording. While it is written for a more general audience, this blog will be for other developers, or really, myself. Of course I hope it is of interest to anyone but a baseline familiarity with coding will be assumed.

Why?

One of the things I admire most about the online developer community is the commitment to sharing knowledge. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a coding question, ecosia’d it, and found someone’s blog post answering my question. When I figure things out for myself I want to share my findings with others (and remind my future self).

Also, I tend to work in private. Some of my friends and family probably don’t even know that I am actively seeking employment as a software engineer. This is a problem – if people don’t know I’m looking for work, they won’t know to connect me with people who have work. This blog is an attempt to counter my private tendencies and take more of a ‘Learn In Public’ approach.

Up until now I’ve been focused on walking the walk. Now, I’m also going to practice talking the talk.

Topics

Some categories for upcoming posts:

Today I Learned (TIL)

No post too short or topic too small. Learning is constant and I’d like to document some of the little Ah-has as I encounter them.

Project Updates

I always have several projects going at any given time. Expect updates about any and all of them.

”Trivia” questions

As I mentioned, I’m looking for a job. I’m going to have to go through tech interviews to get said job. One component of tech interviews is answering trivia-style questions about the languages and technologies you use, such as “What is the purpose of the <!DOCTYPE html> tag in HTML?” This is well-trodden territory but that’s not going to stop me from writing about it! Plus, the answer is more interesting than you might think.

New technologies, new approaches

How could I use val.town to add a Like counter to a static blog site? How does Hono compare to Express for building backend APIs? How do you create modals with the new native <dialog> element? Can I build a web audio player that pre-generates a spectrogram then uses Canvas to scroll through it? What little treasures will I find as I delve deeper into auth, databases, CI/CD, devops. As I find out, you better believe I’ll post about it here.

Check back soon, I’ll be posting regularly. 👋

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