How to quickly improve website performance

Posted in Development on December 12, 2018

Nowadays, websites should be fast, otherwise visitors will leave your website before they have seen the most important content of your website. It’s obvious, but it can be quite a challenge with all the interesting (frontend) assets that make your website so great once it’s fully loaded. In this post, I'll describe some quick wins to improve the performance of your website.

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How to add push notifications to a progressive web app

Posted in Javascript on November 21, 2018

This is the second post on building progressive web apps using the new Vue CLI 3. Push notifications will be introduced to create a native app experience. Push notifications require quite some work compared to using the Browser's Notification API as we did so far. We need to setup a backend and add functionality to subscribe for push notifications. In addition, we also need to create a listener in the service worker to be able to show push notifications. Ready? Let's go!

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Build a progressive web app using Vue CLI 3

Posted in Javascript on October 19, 2018

Progressive web apps are great! Benefits are a wide reach because they are 'just' websites and pop up in search results. Moreover, they are very reliable, fast and engaging. Therefore we will explore how to develop a progressive web app using the latest technology: Vue with the new command line tool @vue/cli and plugins. In this post we quickly scaffold the app and add PWA support. Then we focus on sending notifications using the Notifications API.

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How to create a good design as a developer

Posted in Development on October 8, 2018

I’m a developer, not a designer. But my customers expect the web applications, online platforms, websites and administrative panels I build for them to look at least ‘fine’. For big projects I usually work together with real designers, but in smaller projects there isn’t always a design budget. Still our applications should look nice and our customers should be happy to work with them. In this post, I will describe the design guidelines I use for the most important aspects of a layout: grid, fonts, margins and colors. Then I will apply them to an app that was recently developed by my colleague.

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Deploying a Vue single page app on Laravel Forge

Posted in Javascript on September 19, 2018

Recently we implemented a single page application in Vue. For local development we simply work on our machine using a node dev-server. However, when it is time to go public with the app, we need a deployment strategy. In this post I will explain our setup for a single page application created with Vue and how we deploy the app to a server using Laravel Forge.

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