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Andrew (he/him)
Andrew (he/him)

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Rewriting My Personal Website in Next.js and TypeScript

New Year's Day is as good a time as any to roll out a new blog, I suppose.

As one of my New Year's Resolutions this year, I'm going to revamp my website, and I'm going to do it in public.

I've spent the last few weeks working with Next.js for the first time (and brushing up on my TypeScript) in order to start hosting my technical blog on my own website. (In addition to mirroring the posts on, where I've been writing for a few years now.)

In addition to the ol' blog, I've also created /project pages for a few ongoing things I've got in the works (including this very website). The project pages synthesize groups of commits from GitHub with manual "update" log posts to give an idea as to the current status of each of my ongoing projects. I think this is a bit more dynamic than a static "portfolio" page, and it reflects a tenet of my own personal philosophy that un ouvrage n’est jamais achevé... mais abandonné.

Follow along here, on, or on Twitter for continuing updates.

Thanks for reading!

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11 Tips That Make You a Better Typescript Programmer


1 Think in {Set}

Type is an everyday concept to programmers, but it’s surprisingly difficult to define it succinctly. I find it helpful to use Set as a conceptual model instead.

#2 Understand declared type and narrowed type

One extremely powerful typescript feature is automatic type narrowing based on control flow. This means a variable has two types associated with it at any specific point of code location: a declaration type and a narrowed type.

#3 Use discriminated union instead of optional fields


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