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.

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@tychi Welcome! ...and fully understand the books thing ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜…

@hrodnand thanks! What's one book you haven't read yet that you've totally been meaning to get to? ๐Ÿ˜‚

One? One! would still be a tough question, if you had asked for ten ๐Ÿ˜‚
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 ๐Ÿ˜…

@tychi welcome! Sounds like you will fit in well around here.

@kev thanks for creating a space to fit into! ๐Ÿ˜Š

@tychi @kev welcome to the fediverse๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ‘

@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 ๐Ÿ˜•

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

Welcome to Mastodon! ๐Ÿค“
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 ๐Ÿค™

@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 :)

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