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Sarah Drasner

DOM Blacksmith, UX Smelter, Code Forger.


Understanding Async Await

When writing code for the web, eventually you’ll need to do some process that might take a few moments to complete. JavaScript can’t really multitask, so we’ll need a way to handle those long-running processes.

Async/Await is a way to handle this type of time-based sequencing. It’s especially great for when you need to make some sort of network request and then work with the resulting data. Let’s dig in!

Promise? Promise.

Async/Await is a type of Promise. Promises in … Read article “Understanding Async Await”


How to Stack Elements in CSS

If you want to create fantastic and unique visual experiences on the web, you will eventually need two elements to overlap or exist in the same place. You may even just need them to be positioned near or next to each other. Let’s go over two different ways to accomplish this, one with the position property and one with CSS Grid.… Read article “How to Stack Elements in CSS”


Create a Static Site Using Angular & Scully


How to Contribute to an Open Source Project

The following is going to get slightly opinionated and aims to guide someone on their journey into open source. As a prerequisite, you should have basic familiarity with the command line and Git. If you know the concepts and want to dive right into the step by step how-to guide, check out this part of the article.

Truly, there is no one way to contribute to an open source project, and to be involved often means more than code … Read article “How to Contribute to an Open Source Project”


Let’s Build a JAMstack E-Commerce Store with Netlify Functions

A lot of people are confused about what JAMstack is. The acronym stands for JavaScript, APIs, and Markup, but truly, JAMstack doesn’t have to include all three. What defines JAMstack is that it’s served without web servers. If you consider the history of computing, this type of abstraction isn’t unnatural; rather it’s the inevitable progression this industry has been moving towards.

So, if JAMstack tends to be static by definition, it can’t have dynamic functionality, server-side events, or use a … Read article “Let’s Build a JAMstack E-Commerce Store with Netlify Functions”


Creating Dynamic Routes in a Nuxt Application

In this post, we’ll be using an ecommerce store demo I built and deployed to Netlify to show how we can make dynamic routes for incoming data. It’s a fairly common use-case: you get data from an API, and you either don’t know exactly what that data might be, there’s a lot of it, or it might change. Luckily for us, Nuxt makes the process of creating dynamic routing very seamless.

Let’s get started!… Read article “Creating Dynamic Routes in a Nuxt Application”


Finally… A Post on Finally in Promises

“When does finally fire in a JavaScript promise?” This is a question I was asked in a recent workshop and I thought I’d write up a little post to clear up any confusion.… Read article “Finally… A Post on Finally in Promises”



You’re faced with a lot of decisions in everyday work. There are multiple tasks calling for your focus, and you can burn daylight or even burn out trying to decide what comes first. There’s a phenomenon called decision fatigue. There have been many studies that you can make poor choices when you’re not able to decide what is most important that can lead to things like impaired judgement and even purchase decisions.

So how can you figure out Read article “Prioritizing”


Form Validation in Under an Hour with Vuelidate

Form validation has a reputation for being tricky to implement. In this tutorial, we’ll break things down to alleviate some of that pain. Creating nice abstractions for forms is something that Vue.js excels at and Vuelidate is personally my favorite option for validations because it doesn’t require a lot of hassle. Plus, it’s really flexible, so we don’t even have to do it how I’m going to cover it here. This is just a launching point.

If you simply want … Read article “Form Validation in Under an Hour with Vuelidate”


Learning to Learn

There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether or not you need a degree to be in tech (spoiler: you don’t). But please don’t take this to mean you don’t need any kind of education to be in tech, because by not getting a degree, you’re opting to replace the imposed learning structure of an academy with learning on your own.

Academic background or not, technical education doesn’t stop once you get a job. On the contrary: nothing in … Read article “Learning to Learn”