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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!