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Hello, I’m Steve

I’m a UK based front-end developer living in Nottingham. Welcome to my personal website where I write about web development.

Latest blog posts

  • Combining data with multiple fetch requests

     Published on 25 Jul 2023

    I was recently working on a project where I needed to make multiple API calls to create a combined array of data. It is very easy to get into a mess with a task like this. For those that find themselves in a similar position, the solution I went with looks like this:

  • A React Query gotcha

     Published on 14 Jun 2023

    I’ve been working on a project that uses React Query and I came across a bug caused by the data on the page being reset when coming back to the browser after focusing another window. Upon investigation I discovered that there is a flag enabled by default called refetchOnWindowFocus which does what it says on the tin.

  • Find a git commit from the command line

     Published on 22 Mar 2023

    When I’m working in a codebase I sometimes need to find a previous commit. Until recently I would either do a git log or view the history in GitHub, but sometimes the commit might be buried under a sea of commits and be difficult to find.

  • Declarative and imperative programming

     Published on 09 Mar 2023

    You may have come across the terms declarative and imperative programming, but aren’t sure what they mean. If you’ve been writing a code for a reasonable amount of time, you most likely know these concepts, you just don’t know what they’re called.

  • They say that gear doesn’t matter, but it does

     Published on 05 Mar 2023

    I’ve been practicing photography seriously for around ten years, and one thing I have always been told is that gear doesn’t matter. One thing I have learned in that time is that this is not an absolute. The gear doesn‘t matter, but it also does.