Articles

March 2022
Using a modal lexer for parsing sub-languages

How do you write a lexer for print "one plus two is ${1+2}";? The interpolation makes this tricky, as the string forms a sub-language that is different from the main language. To make things worse, interpolation can be nested. Textbook lexers won’t cut it, and we need something stronger. Enter modal lexers.

July 2021
Drive change by writing structured proposal documents

In any collaborative environment, opportunities for change often arise. When such an opportunity presents itself, write up a structured proposal document describing how to tackle this opportunity. With this document, a decision on whether or not to implement the proposal can be made quickly and confidently.

June 2021
Budget for replacing past purchases

One way in which budgeting reduces financial anxiety is by predicting expenses based on the expected lifetime of a purchase.

June 2021
Horizontally-scrolling multi-column layout: a retrospective

On wide screens, a column of text often needs a considerable amount of whitespace to the left and to the right. I experimented with CSS’ multi-column layout to use screen real estate more efficiently. While I ended up quite liking the aesthetic, usability problems and spotty browser support make this unfortunately an impractical approach.

November 2020
Using Lenses to build complex React forms in a type-safe way

Lenses enable building complex forms quickly and with confidence. Lenses themselves are simple, but they provide significant benefits when used with React forms with TypeScript, reducing the change of mistakes and speeding up the feedback loop.

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