Hello, 2022

What's new?


The blog has been updated from Gatsby version 2 to 4! It builds without any warnings or errors in the console, and I'm pretty proud of that. I've spent more time working on this site than writing actual content.

I own two domains for this blog: anthonyfox.io and afox.dev. The .io address was the default, but afox.dev will become the default URL since it's shorter.

Mermaid support

I can now embed mermaid diagrams directly in my posts! I don't make new years resolutions, but if I did, getting better at diagramming relationships, flows, etc., would be one of them! MermaidJS is a tool I've been using at work lately. You write your "diagrams" in markdown fences, and Mermaid will render it into diagrams! Plain text domination!!

Here's an example, I can write the following directly into markdown files.

    CUSTOMER ||--o{ ORDER : places
    ORDER ||--|{ LINE-ITEM : contains

        string firstName
        string lastName

...and it magically renders to this!


Here are some books I've read recently:

  • Architecture Patterns with Python
    • Co-authored by Harry Percival (obey the testing goat!), the book goes into topics like Domain-Driven Design, Coupling vs. Cohesion, and Abstractions with microservices.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
    • This is the original, but with additional examples on how to apply the same concepts in today's world.
  • Hail Mary
    • I'm halfway through this book and, so far, I'm enjoying it more than The Martian.

Authored by Anthony Fox on 2022-01-21