Portfolio: One Thousand and One Techs
The dev's portfolio reflects his current knowledge. Mine is no exception to the rule, it's the 5th version!
I think a developer’s portfolio is a showcase of their skills. And this is true by the projects it contains, but also because a portfolio is one of them!
For this 5th version, I’ve greatly improved a lot of aspects:
- Light and dark mode: choose the one that suits you best
- A blog (finally!) powered by MDX
- Excellent performance thanks to Astro
- Great accessibility
- Internationalization with
- Respect of animation preferences using
I use the following technologies:
Check out the source code on GitHub!
Don’t forget to leave a star if you like it ;)
Purpose and Goal
As explained in the introduction, I think it’s really important to have a great portfolio as a web developer. Moreover, it allows me to learn new things along the way (mostly Astro in this case), which is alway nice.
I also made quite some effots on planning this time: I made mockups on Figma. Here is a screenshot but you can find more on my Twitter (links below).
Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3, Tweet 4
I also planned what content I would put in Notion before coding too much.
A quick history
I’ve updated my website many times yet, but this time I’m confident: this version will stay there for a while!
Jekyll and Bootstrap 5
Back in August 2020, I had to choose technologies to build my portfolio. At the time, I knew HTML5, CSS & SCSS, PHP and Bootstrap.
Because I spent a lot of time on Bootstrap docs in the previous months, I knew that static site generators existed (since Bootstrap docs use Hugo). So I searched for the best fit for me and eventually found Jekyll.
It uses the Liquid syntax and relies on Ruby. I knew nothing about both of them so and it made it harder to build my portfolio.
I used a template I found on the Internet, tweaked it a bit but I won’t lie: it was bad.
And setting the deployment was hard since GitHub Actions were not released yet so I had to use Travis CI and GitHub Pages to release my portfolio.
Nuxt 2 and Tailwind CSS 1.0
I had learned a lot of things since August 2020, so I decided to go with Nuxt and Tailwind CSS.
I chose to use a sidebar for navigation and now I think that wasn’t a good
choice. The space I was loosing for only a few infos was too much. I used the
official Nuxt modules such as
I struggled with the layout on some specific screen widths with weird horizontal
overflow, caused by code blocks.
This time, I used Travis CI and a Plesk server to deploy my portfolio.
For further explanations about v1 and v2, check out this archive.
But as always, I wasn’t satisfied of my work and thought it wasn’t good enough as a showcase of my skills. So I remade it of course!
Nuxt 2 and Tailwind CSS 2.0
I’m not crazy, I don’t use a new technology every day so I kept using Nuxt and Tailwind CSS. I decided to so something more simple: only one page with all informations. I chose some kind of minimalist design with only gray shades and no primary color. I also implemented a dark mode. I discovered animations using AnimXYZ but I’ve got to say that it wasn’t that easy to do animations with it.
But this simplicity didn’t reflect enough my capabilities IMO so you know what it means…
Nuxt 3 and Tailwind CSS 3.0
I upgraded Nuxt to its 3rd version (in beta) as well as Tailwind CSS (no major changes). And I’ve got to say that Nuxt 3 and Vue 3 are absolutely amazing compared to their previous major versions. TypeScript is the best. But using Nuxt 3 in beta has downsides, for stability (laggy HMR), weird broken imports or missing features. I’m mostly enjoying using it.
Concerning animations, I switched to
@vueuse/motion and it’s really better.
In fact, because nuxt’s ecosystem isn’t compatible yet, I had to dive a bit deeper in Nuxt and learned how to build modules (for generating a sitemap for instance) and that was really enriching.
If you’re curious about it, I created a custom sitemap module, check it out.
I deploy my portfolio on Vercel, the process is way simpler than on GitHub Actions or any other CI since Nuxt has first class integrations for deployments.
Do you miss this version? It’s still available at v4.florian-lefebvre.dev!
But then I found out Josh Comeau’s e-book: “Building an Effective Dev Portfolio”. So I decided to rebuild my portfolio, but with more thinking involved so that it can stay great for a long time.
I consider this website done and from now on, I’ll refrain from reworking it. I might do minor tweaks (color change) and updates (Astro 2.0) but that’s all.
I’ll keep it updated and I’ll try to post articles here and there.
Here are my key learnings:
- Do at least a wireframe, it allows to gain a lot of time
- Radix UI Colors
- Better accessibility
It was really useful, I used those learnings for RégioLangues.