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James 'Dante' Midzi
James 'Dante' Midzi

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Say Hello To shrinkat - A Tiny URL Shortener

I made a link shortener. The goal was to learn the Pocketbase API and see if it could be viable for some smaller projects I build in the future.

There is really not much to say here. I wanted to implement an entirely localised solution to building something

Technologies I Used

  • SvelteKit (of course)
  • Pocketbase
  • TailwindCss

What I Learnt

  • How authentication works with Pocketbase: It's quite different from how something like Supabase handles it.
  • Data modelling: Being sqlite, the way I had to think about data needed a slight shift in mindset.
  • Working with the Pocktebase sqlite database: Working with a barebones database was actually really fun.

Here Are Some Screenshots

Here is the homepage:
home page unauthed

Here is what a logged in user sees:
logged in user

Wrapping Up

This was a fun little thing to build. I learnt quite a bit. There is definitely a place for Pocketbase in my off the cuff build.

My one gripe is deploying this database is not simple, not in the slightest. And no, Docker does not count - I do not use those dark arts.

The code

The code for shrinkat is available on GitHub. Fork it, make it your own, create pull requests...

Thank you for reading, let's connect!

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