Category: Web Dev

Don’t include external JS for custom content example Goodreads

On many websites, you can have content embedded from other sites and one way that most external sites will offer will be to include a script that’s hosted on their website.

But if all that script does is including some remote content there are better ways to get that, that will provide customizations and performance.

For example, the website Goodreads offers such an embed JS with a list of the latest books you read, and you must include the script where you want the content to be shown. But that has a long list of drawbacks: the script uses the old API document.write, is a script and can’t be loaded in AMP, the scripts write very old style HTML with tags like center, attributes like border which again is not valid AMP, then also that script will be loaded for every request, so you’ll have one additional request. View full article

Build a Simple WordPress commenting system on top of the native one with AMP support

There are a lot of commenting system plugins out there but most of them come with a cost, and sometimes just building a simple WordPress commenting system on top of the native commenting system can be enough.

The main features of this system will be:

  • Comments will be only loaded if the user clicks a button
  • Comments will be submitted and fetched by JS
  • Comments will have paginations fetched by JS
  • Comments will have some JS interactivity
  • Comments will have the reply feature enabled
  • The comment system will have an AMP implementation
  • The comment system will have a no JS implementation
  • Comments will work the same on AMP with our own script

The first thing will have to do for our system is to make some custom REST API for the JS to fetch. View full article

Async Task without Queue or E-loop PHP

Most react-PHP code I’ve seen in the open that is not extension-based (doesn’t extend the PHP core language) uses some kind Event-Loop, something similar to how many technologies or languages(I.e. JavaScript) implement concurrency that doesn’t support threads.

And historically on single-core CPU’s threads practically transformed into loops underneath. But the main idea is that in many languages, an async behavior is very easily achieved, maybe you need a keyword, maybe you need a special class, but in general, it is simple.

Now if you want the easiest way to do something asynchronous in PHP it will be a little costly, you can do that by spawning a new PHP process directly from PHP. View full article

The new native-lazy load Vue Component

So since April 2020 we have a browser native support to do lazy loading of images which is great, so i decided to write a quick Vue component that uses that functionality.

One problem with the lazy native loading is that it won’t display any loading indicator when the image loads.

At the moment only Firefox and Chromium(also Android) based browsers are supporting this feature but it behaves very differently, in Chromium-based browsers it loads far from the end of the viewpoint (a very eager lazy loading) and in Firefox (the image will load only when it enters into the viewport by a lot like 5% or 10% of the IMG element). View full article