Eyyy, so to introduce myself.

I'm a minimalist and I like keeping simple things simple.

Been doing web dev for over ten years and I try to avoid dependencies whenever possible. Vanilla CSS with some JavaScript that's lean is better than any framework.

Code itself is technical debt. Less code is less debt.

Hobbies include laying on my couch thinking I should be more productive, writing long winded essays, staring at my always growing pile of books, and trying to find fellow humans online.

@tychi Welcome! ...and fully understand the books thing 📚 😅

@hrodnand thanks! What's one book you haven't read yet that you've totally been meaning to get to? 😂

One? One! would still be a tough question, if you had asked for ten 😂
Maybe Steven Hawking - Short Answers to the big questions...
...or Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now...
...or Yanis Varoufakis - Adults in the room...
...or Kai-Fu Lee - AI Superpowers...

...ok, its four, but four I can actually see right from my desk, lurking at me out of the shadows of the shelves 😅

@tychi do you read the books or do you just collect them?

@Xystel I used to read a lot more, so at this point it's probably more of a collection 😕

Aspirationally, they're all books I'm interested in reading though.

Welcome to Mastodon! 🤓
Yup. They got real people here.

@tychi Welcome! I try to build websites in the same way (although just a hobby for me)

@sjb I do it both as a hobby and professionally and it is way more fun as a hobby. I think hobbyist techniques are way more sustainable too.


I like your ideals. My current favorite CSS and JS trick lately, is to go to those OS libraries and pull just the tiny little bit that I want and screw the rest of the dependency. Copy and paste for the win, and I don't need to worry about versions or XSS.

@souldessin absolutely best play! I've mentally been imagining that trick as getting the seeds to plant in a codebase to grow naturally. Grabbing an entire library is like buying a manufactured greenhouse to grow tulips.

@tychi I couldn't agree more. Well said, and welcome 🤙

@tychi Yay for understanding the impact of dependencies! Welcome!

@tychi hey, I would also like to think of myself as a minimalist. I also aim for fewer dependencies where possible. And I'm totally on board with having less technical debt by having less code. But, I also see a paradox here. A good, well written, and well tested library or framework is a bunch of code you don't have to write.

@daz absolutely, it's never worth reinventing the wheel when a problem has been solved. I think when a space is experimental it's better to disect, rearrange, and graft it into a codebase.

Decreases the dependency aspect while demystifying it and taking ownershi. Also less code written :)

@paladin I like snowboarding when I get the chance and golfing, but I haven't gone in a couple years. I've tried water stuff like wakeboarding and kayaking and really like them but it's harder to access. I'm thinking about picking up skateboarding again though.

All in all, I guess I like boards 🙃

How about you?

@tychi I am a windsurfing man. Spearfishing too. Skiing in winter. Generally trying to stay in some kind of shape. :)

@paladin nice! I grew up on Cape Cod and there was one beach that had tons of windsurfers. I never tried, but always enjoyed watching.

It seems breathtaking to be entrusted to the winds in certain situations.

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