The CodePen team talk about the ins and outs of running a web software business.
334: Custom Properties
Chris & Shaw talk about a big ol’ conversion to getting CodePen’s color system to use --custom-properties all the way through, rather than Sass variables. Why? All sorts of reasons, kinda boiling down to the fact that they are just better. Here’s a tiny one: you can use the Web Inspector and see what some […]
New CodePen team member! As we recorded this, it was just Robert’s 2nd day at CodePen, and we snuck this podcast in within the hurricane of stuff happening during that time. There is a pile of new software to get access to and acquainted with. There is the dev environment stuff. There is getting acquainted […]
332: Running the Finances of a Startup
Dee and Chris talk about “everything money-related” at CodePen. Dee has been managing this stuff since CodePen’s beginning. First largely pro-bono (sorry, Dee), then later as a side gig and part-time job. Dee is full-time now at CodePen, but finance stuff is only part of her role (programming being the main job). It’s a lot […]
331: Next.js + Apollo + Server Side Rendering (SSR)
Our goal here was to explore server-side rendering (SSR) in Next.js using data from Apollo GraphQL, for faster client-rendering and SEO benefits. There are a variety of approaches, but Shaw has set his sights on a very developer-ergonomic version here where you can leave queries on individual components and mark them as SSR-or-not. There are […]
#330: New Admin Tools
Chris & Marie talk about a big long project that we’ve finished at CodePen: our new Admin Tools. Any web app is gonna need ’em. They do stuff that is unique to customer service on your app. Say you need to manually trigger a password reset email or hand-verify an account. You look them up […]
#329: Gathering Data
Marie and Chris talk about all the sources of data we have, think about, and use to help us. We do have one main database on CodePen, and truth be told, it’s got a bunch of data in it. If we want to know how many Pens there are, we can just ask it. We […]
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