Hackers and Slackers


Javascript, Gulp, and everything presentation layer.

MongoDB Stitch Serverless Functions

A crash course in Mongo's undocumented cloud offering.

I've been finding my opinion of MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB Stitch wavering between two extremes lately. Sometimes I find ease of querying a cloud Database securely on the front-end to be a refreshing pleasure. Other times, such as when Mongo

NoSQL Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Aug 07

Frontend in Flask: Page Templates and Assets

When Python developers manage presentation layers.

If you're familiar with Django (or Python to any extent), you've probably accepted the concept of what Python guys refer to as "static assets" without much consideration. At some point in Django's conception, a design decision was made: any code,

Flask Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Jul 23

Upgrading to Gulp 4.0.0

Tackling the breking changes that come with Gulp 4

Back in the day we touched on some of the wonderful upsides of implementing Gulp into your workflow. If you have been following along and happened to install the latest version of Gulp, you may has noticed something horrible happen:

NodeJS Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Jun 28

Building our Kanban Board

Building a JIRA Board Widget, Pt 3

Welcome back! If you've checked out the projects section lately, you may have noticed something new. Go ahead, check it out. I'll wait here.

That's right, a real life Kanban board! This board has been created using nothing but front-end

NoSQL Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Jun 12

Extending Your App with MongoDB Stitch

Building a JIRA Board Widget, Pt 2

Greetings and welcome to another episode of wasting your summer building apps. Today we'll continue our quest of embedding a JIRA Kanban board, but we'll be focused mostly on integrating with MongoDB Atlas and its seemingly undersold counterpart: MongoDB Stitch

NoSQL Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Jun 04

Using Gulp to Make Frontend Tolerable

Automate tasks for production deployment such as compiling your CSS and JS

Alright fine, so maybe the whole obligatory-gulp-tutorial-on-some-coding-blog thing has become a bit cliché at this point. Hate all you want, but I 'll take all the traffic from keywords I can get at this point. Keywords such as Gulp, or

NodeJS Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd May 30

Ghost Theme Development: Custom Widgets

Get started customizing your themes with simple widgets

Here at H+S headquarters, we're pretty into the Ghost blogging platform. It's a lot like Wordpress, except without everything that sucks about Wordpress. It's a Node app, isn't bloated with widgets, is more secure, smarter, prettier, and so on.

ExpressJS Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd May 15

Make API calls with JQuery AJAX

Consuming endpoints using frontend Javascript

Making apps kind of sucks if you're not interacting with data or APIs. The information age is over... we have all the information now. All of it. We're in a unique place in human history where we've somehow managed to

Frontend Author imageTodd Birchard Author imagetodd Apr 25