about

beginnings and bots

I started programming in early 2021 with Python. When I started, I built a variety of Discord bots with the excellent discord.py library. I invested signifigant time into building these bots with many features, including a working Todo List, many fun commands, and a full featured economy system. I stopped developing bots for Discord when development on discord.py stopped. The way that Discord was treating its community developers was bad, and I didn’t want to migrate my large bot (5k+ lines of code) over to a completely different system.

web development

After I stopped building bots, I decided to learn a bit more about web development. I experimented a lot, and I didn’t really build much, but I did learn a lot about how websites work. At some point in late September 2021, I decided I wanted a domain name, so I bought meizuflux.com and started work on a site. For the backend of any experiments or projects, I primarily used Python with ASGI frameworks like Starlette. When I needed to develop a frontend, I started using Next.js + ChakraUI as it was very beginner friendly.

web development: continued

I continued on learning web development, focusing slightly more on frontend. I discovered this amazing web framework called Astro that I used to rebuild this website. I really like the framework due to its intuitive style (similar to Next.js) but with zero JavaScript (like Hugo). One other benefit of building this site is that I migrated from Git based Markdown to GraphCMS which was another useful skill to learn.

web development: even more continued

I began migrating things away from a JS/TS focused frontend to a Jinja2 based frontend with aiohttp on the backend. I also like to use esbuild to bundle and package the minimal TS that I write to add basic functionality to my site. I really like the idea of a regular MPA with TS sprinkled in to provide interactivity, and as I never really enjoyed my time with any of the JS frameworks I used, I think I’ll be sticking with aiohttp + jinja for sites and astro for static sites.