Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

List of articles

Using a Static Site Generator at Scale

I’m so incredibly happy to have my first article published on Smashing Magazine. It’s a 6000 word long story about how we managed to bring roughly 2000 pages on a technology stack made for hackers. It took me roughly four years to find a story that I’m eager enough to pursue, but in the end I think it totally paid off. Working with Smashing Magazine, especially Vitaly and Iris, was a complete joy! Thank you again for the professional and friendly work experience!

So everyone, enjoy the read and let me know what you think!

Video and Slides to: Speed Index, Explained!

I gave a talk on the beloved “Speed Index” metric at this year’s Topconf in Tallinn. I managed to put the video on Youtube, for all of you to enjoy:

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Topconf Linz 2016 is a wrap

So, Linz has a software conference. One that’s supposed to stay. I think it’s about time. Linz has a wonderful IT community, with lots of great companies and so many schools and universities specialised for software development. Except for the short-lived movement (spanning, Codefront and Railsgirls in 2014), as well as some Linuxwochen now and then, I hardly can remember any full-fledged Software conference. So hey, we finally got one!

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Tales from the Browser Wars: Mozilla Stomps IE

Recently I did some “The History of the web” talks for various institutions. While preparing the story to tell, I remembered one specific tale from 1997. It was a tale from the first browser wars, when Microsoft battled Netscape for world browser domination.

Read the full article on Medium.

You can extend CoffeeScript classes with ES6 classes

TL;DR: If you want to extend from CoffeeScript written classes, you can use the ES6 class syntax to do so.

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The best thing about NPM scripts

TL;DR: NPM Scripts render global installations of NPM command line tools useless.

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Gulp and Promises

The Gulp task system does not only work with streams alone, but also with other asynchronous patterns. One of those are well known Promises! Find out how we can use two Promise-based tools to create a thorough file sync between two folders.

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My most favorite talks in 2015

I enjoy being at conferences, however I can’t be on all of them. Which is sad, because judging from all the videos one misses a lot! Turns out, my most favorite talks were all from conferences I haven’t been to. The organizers however are kind enough to provide amazing videos for us:

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Gulp: Grab files from your CDN and add them to your build pipeline

This one is a shorty, but that’s what it makes it so nice. Imagine that you have only one dependency in your project, which is some third party library your code builds upon, like jQuery. Instead of having the complete dependency management stack on your shoulders, you just want to use that single file.

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Gulp 4: The new task execution system - gulp.parallel and gulp.series

One of the major changes in Gulp 4 is the new task execution system. In this article, I want to show you what’s new and how you can migrate the best.

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