I rebuilt my blog using Jigsaw and released my first open source package in the process.

Ok, so this isn’t actually as exciting as it sounds. I basically just rebuilt my blog using Tightens Jigsaw static site generator and then packaged it up in to a starter template, making it available on Packagist for others to use!

Deciding I wanted to move my blog away from Wordpress and towards a more lightweight, developer oriented static site generator, Jigsaw was the obvious choice for so many reasons that I previously discussed here.

The only downside, moving to Jigsaw, was the initial ‘development’ of the blog itself. I say downside, but being an enthusiastic developer, I actually enjoyed…


Full-stack web developer, open source contributor, technical trainer, public speaker, writer, hypnotist.

Can you please introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your background.

Hi! I’m DB. I’m an American software developer living in Amsterdam and working as a freelancer. I started writing software in college, and quickly fell in love with web development and Python. After I finished college, I spent a few years working as an employee for various tech companies in the Boston area, where I learned a lot about what I liked and didn’t like in the corporate world. I also discovered open source software, and dived in enthusiastically — I’ve always loved making things work better than they did before, and that’s what open source is all about!

After…


Software Developer, author, blogger, speaker, teacher, photographer. Flask aficionado. Creator of the Flask Mega-tutorial.

Hi Miguel, can you please introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your background.

Hi! My name is Miguel Grinberg. I taught myself how to code in my teenage years, and later solidified my knowledge with a Masters degree in Computer Science. I held a variety of software development jobs over the years in a variety of areas including computer animation, radio station automation, interactive television, video streaming, web services and cloud infrastructure.

How did you get in to Python?

Like most teenagers of my generation, I learned to code with the Basic language. My second language was, believe it or not, Assembly. I then transitioned to C, and later C++. My first introduction to Python was as a wrapper language…


How are you all?

I thought it was about time that we got in touch and just said hello!

I know that we’ve been pretty quiet on Medium but I just wanted to let you know that we haven’t given up on Career Change Coders and, in-fact, we are very much alive and kicking!

We’ve recently launched our new website and the Slack Channel is going from strength to strength. If you haven’t signed up yet, please feel free to join the community and come and chat with some like minded, career changers, who are all learning to code.

Speaking…


Software Developer. Creator of the Masonite project. All-round busy guy!

Can you please introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your background.

My name is Joe Mancuso. I’ve been a developer now for 10 years and currently work in New York as a lead software developer at Rothco, a military and outdoor wholesale company. I am also going to school full-time to get my B.S in Computer Information Technology as well as being the creator of the Masonite Python web framework. I love what I do and it’s a true passion.

I was also in the US Army for 4 years as a Forward Observer Paratrooper (called in fire support like artillery, helicopters and aircraft to support the infantry unit I was…


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Let’s dive in to Jigsaw — a framework for rapidly building static sites using the same modern tooling that powers Laravel applications.

Static sites aren’t a new concept. However, fully fledged, dynamic, Content Management System (CMS’s) such as Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla, seemed to have taken over. That is, until fairly recently, where there has been a resurgence in the popularity of Static Site Generators such as Jekyll, Hugo, Pelican and now Jigsaw.

Whilst CMS’s do provide a powerful and useful tool to serve the user in certain situations, the tendency has become that developers try to shoehorn CMS’s into situations where they simply do not belong, or at least don’t fit the intended use case.

As its name suggests, a ‘Content…


My interview with Keith Damiani, Senior Developer at Tighten and Lead Developer on the Jigsaw project.

Developed by the team at Tighten, Jigsaw is a Static Site Generator that utilises components from the Laravel framework for building static websites.

As part of some research I did into Jigsaw (this was originally part of a university project that I’ve turned into a blog post!), I reached out to Keith Damiani, a Senior Developer at Tighten, who is also the lead on the Jigsaw project.

Keith was kind enough to answer a few of my question regarding the development of Jigsaw and the plans for the future.

Here’s what he had to say…

RW: Can you please introduce yourself and tell me about your background and your involvement with Jigsaw?

KD: I’m a Senior Developer…


My top tips for learning, staying motivated, and achieving your goals

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One of the most common questions I get asked is how I managed to find time to learn web development and to totally change careers, while working a full-time job and with a young family at home.

Heck, I even wonder that myself at times!

Similarly, these are also some of the most common excuses I hear for why people can’t learn, why people give up, and why they don’t progress further in their careers.

Now, I appreciate that we all have different lifestyles, commitments, motivations, and I most certainly don’t have the definitive answer. …


I was busy making dinner, my little boy said to me “Dad, can you help me with this?” I swiftly replied, “Try and figure it out yourself, I’m busy.”

What I wasn’t prepared for was his response. Being the strong-willed little man he is, he replied “Dad, when someone asks you for help, it’s kind to help them, it’s unkind not to help!”

I had to take a minute to appreciate the profundity of that statement. This wasn’t just my son’s naive innocence, he was right. So frequently, we get lost in our all-consuming, busy lives.

At times, most of…


Your comfort zone is a beautiful thing, but you will never grow there!

When I started learning web development, and especially since getting my first job, feeling uncomfortable has become a bit of a recurring theme.

I’m going to be honest, at first, it was a real struggle. Every time I would find myself in an uncomfortable situation, I would start second guessing myself — Is web development really for me? Maybe I’m just not intelligent enough? Will I ever be any good? Will I ever learn enough to actually get a job and get paid for this?

I’m sure many of you can relate.

If you want something in life that you have never had, you will have to do something that you have never done

Maybe you have been learning to code for…

Rick West

Dad. Husband. Developer. Heating Engineer. Human.

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