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Netlify: First Impressions

Netlify is hot right now. It’s been hot for a while. It’s on my list of tech I pretend to know when people ask. I assume it handles static site hosting and deployment. JAMstack is a popular/confusing term covering static sites and the new tech surrounding them. I’ve long adhered to such a philosophy for personal […]


Blogging in 2020

Hey, I went a whole year without blogging! I guess the streak is officially over. The lack of content here has weighed on me heavily considering how integral this blog has been to my career. Really, it was my true portfolio. It demonstrated much more than the glossy screenshots on other pages ever did. And now […]


Availability - September 2018

Hi there! Do you need an experienced front-end dev person who can also consult, design, and figure out back-end integration with minimal Slack gifs? Well good news! I have a surplus of time in September and I can build (almost) anything. You can contact me to discuss projects, requirements, costs, the weather.


PWA: Progressive Web Apps

This website – dbushell.com – or dbushell.app if you like redirects – is now a progressive web app! What does that mean? Don’t let the fancy initialism deceive you. PWAs are websites first and foremost. But they can be installed like an app. What is meant by “app” depends on where it’s installed. As of writing […]


React & Redux - Internationalisation

Internationalisation, i18n, localisation – whatever you prefer – can be tricky if your code does not support the ability to translate user interface text. When writing React it’s easy to hard-code UI text right into the JavaScript. This is not good if your website or app needs to support multiple languages. Even if you only support […]


CodePen Snippets

I’ve started a new Code Snippets collection on CodePen. It will be populated with the little and sometimes peculiar CSS techniques I’ve used. Mostly CSS but with occasional JavaScript sprinkles. Progressively enhanced, of course. Stuff like this styled range input: See the Pen Styled input range (slider/progress) by David Bushell (@dbushell) on CodePen. Who would have […]


Hello Twenty Eighteen

In 2018 I’ll be celebrating 10 years as a professional. I graduated in 2008. I hopped on a train to London and spent five years with two agencies. In 2013 I dusted off my return ticket and headed back up North. I’ve been freelancing ever since. My first office was the window end of my parent’s […]