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Tools I used in 2019

In 2019 I used

A wide range of tools

In 2019 I used a wide range of tools. Some of those tools were ground breaking for me, others not so much.

At the end of 2018 I decided that I wanted to challenge myself by learning new techniques that improved my skills and allowed me to work with more tools. There are a lot of tools out there that make life a lot easier.

This blog isn’t about “the best javascript framework of 2019” or “skills every web developer should have”. There are a lot of blog posts out there that already cover those topics. This blog is about the tools that helped me to achieve my goals in 2019.

As I mentioned above; in 2019 I used a wide variety of tools. Some of them I only used once, others have become a valuable asset in my skillset. One tool I would like to point out in advance is Tailwind CSS. I wrote a blog about Tailwind CSS earlier.

1. Vue.js

The first time I heard of Vue, I think it was almost 2 years ago, I didn’t really know what to think of it. At that time I was using Angular as my main Javascript framework. For a client of ours, we were building an Ionic app. The admin panel of that app was build in Angular. Since Ionic was only available with Angular at that time, it seemed like a logical choice.

Quickly I saw the benefits of a Javascript framework like Angular and I started looking for ways to implement it into our web projects. Most of the websites we build are based on WordPress. Most of the times when we needed to do something in Javascript, we would choose jQuery or vanilla Javascript as our solution. I started to search for other solutions and that is when I discovered Vue.js. The easiest way to use Vue is to inject it via a cdn. I started to use it right away and it didn’t  take long before I was hooked.

Vue allowed us to create so much more interaction in our websites. Also, you can build more with less code, in a short amount of time. In 2019 we made big steps with Vue and right now I feel really comfortable working with it.

Vue has been my favourite thing to work with in 2019.

2. Algolia

Algolia is probably my “biggest discovery” in 2019. In short, Algolia can be used to create a fast and relevant search experience.

As I said before, most of the websites we build have a WordPress back-end. Creating filters and realtime search functionality is possible, but it is slow (really slow). Algolia was the perfect solution for us. We needed to build a realtime product filter and Algolia made that really easy. The performance is simply amazing. In the past we used to create this type of functionality within WordPress via WP Query. It worked but is wasn’t ideal.

I really started to appreciate the power of Algolia and I still wish I would have discovered it earlier.

3. Github

I know I am late but better late than never. This year I started to use Github. I must say, at first I was struggling with it but after a while I started to see the benefits. When working on bigger projects, Github helps us to keep track of progress. Also, we are able to work on the same project without worrying about overwriting each others code.

That was 2019 🎄

2020 here we come!

As I said earlier, in 2019 I used a lot of tools. I’m sure I forgot most of them, but the ones mentioned above are the ones I enjoyed the most.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my blog. I am planning to write a lot more blogs in 2020.

See you in 2020!

Jens van Wijhe

Co-founder Internetbureau Beter Bekend

Jens van Wijhe, web developer and entrepreneur based in The Netherlands.  Co-founder of Internetbureau Beter Bekend.

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