STEVE_EDWARDS: Hello from a hold in rainy Portland.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: AJ O'Neill.
AJ_O’NEAL: Yo, yo, yo. Coming at you live from Pleasant Grove.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: I'm Charles Maxwood from Top End Devs. And this week we have a special guest and that is Anthony Campolo. Anthony, do you want to introduce yourself real quick? Let us know who you are and why you're famous.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Hello, hello, I'm coming from little overcast Pleasanton, California. Very happy to be back. This will be my second time on the show. I am a web developer, a developer advocate for a company called StepZen. And I actually didn't have the job at all. Last time I was talking to you all, I was still kind of finding my way in this whole web dev world and originally came up through this project Redwood JS, which is a full stack react framework. But that's not what I'm going to be talking about at all today. I'll be here to talk about slinkity, which is a project that combines 11 D and beat to bring dynamic client side interactions to static 11 D sites. So really excited to talk about this. It's if you've heard of Astro at all, somewhat of the context to understand what is going on here. But it's just kind of part of this new breed of static side generators. And it's very influenced by the island's architecture. And you can get into all these terms and what they mean. But really happy to be here. I'm such a huge fan of the show. Been listening to it for so long. So glad to get to talk about this stuff with you all.
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CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah, absolutely. It's funny because, what was it? Two weeks ago, we recorded an episode on RubyRogues about VEET Ruby which is a gem that brings V into Ruby apps. And we also talked about, just speaking of this kind of hybrid world where you have kind of the static site generators slash content system slash whatever you wanna call it, right, like 11D, and then bringing modern build processes and stuff into it. We did an episode on Bridgetown, also on RubyRogues, and it's the same idea. It took Jekyll, which was one of the first static site generators that a lot of these other ones are based on that was written in Ruby, but had kind of been abandoned and they brought Webpack into it and stuff like that. And so, like you said, we're seeing this as a trend, right? And then I think people are much more familiar with some of like the stuff going on with like Gatsby and Next and some of these others that, again, they pull the front end in as part of the, as a first class citizen on these otherwise static pages.
AJ_O’NEAL: And be fast.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: And be fast, yeah.
AJ_O’NEAL: I mean, that's a huge night and day difference between running a static site builder in Ruby versus running in Node.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: That's awesome.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah!
STEVE_EDWARDS: So you've mentioned Astro a few times and I'm trying to understand the difference between Slinkity and Astro and what's the need. Is it just that Slinkity is built specifically for 11D versus, versus Astro or what's the, I guess what's the need for Slinkity? Let's put it that way.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. I think that's probably the best way to put it is that 11D is already a fairly well known stable tool. It's not quite at 1.0 yet. It's on 1.0 beta right now, but it's been out for close to three years now. So it is actually very stable and it has a fairly large community behind it. And just people are like really big fans of 11D and have already built up a lot of like templates and just workflows around it. So the idea is that you can leverage all this work that's already been done with 11 D versus Astro. They built their own compiler. They have their own build process and they had to figure out a lot of the stuff from the ground up that 11 D already had. And Astro eventually had to go through a huge rewrite because they were using snowpack but then switched to VEAT, which is really interesting because the Astro was created by the same people who created snowpack. So they eventually decided that VEAT was going to give them kind of more of the dev experience that they, they wanted. So it's a question of what is like the base you're building on? Like what are the different pieces you need to actually make a framework like this function in the, in the first place is need to be able to build the HTML and you need to be able to bundle it and you need to be able to do all of that. So if we take what 11 E already has, we can leverage a lot of that work. And then you just have to figure out how do you basically bolt and beat on to handle the interactivity and all of that. So that's kind of the main difference. And whether one will appeal to you more than the other will probably depend on have you already used 11D or you already kind of bought into 11D or you cool learning everything just a whole new tool from scratch. So that's kind of the biggest difference between the two. I think eventually they're going to reach fairly close parity. Right now I think Slinky has a bit of a head start because it's building on 11D.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, definitely. And I think that it's partly like, what kind of site do you need to build? So this is going to really appeal, I think to more developers who don't necessarily need to have content editing people as well, but we will be able to also hook this into a third party CMS if you want to, because you can do, you can put basically those into the build and there's lots of integrations already with 11D. So if you want to set it up in a way where you're not just writing markdown files, there are lots of great tools that integrate with it already. So there's also another thing you get is there's going to be plugins that are already built in for 11D, because other people have figured out how to plug in things like Sanity or Prismic or any of these kind of CMSs. So if you want to have a build process that takes in content from a CMS, and then you have an editor for that CMS for the people who just want to edit content, you can also do that as well. So that's something that's available to you.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Makes sense. So Slinkity, does it dictate then a front-end framework or is it just VEET and whatever you want to use?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, so we're going to be going down a similar path that Astro did where they have renderer plugins. So you are going to specify whether you want to use react or view or spelt. So right now, the react not angular. Yeah, that's that's funny, actually. So someone actually did figure out angular for Astro by like kind of hacking around brand, Brandon Roberts. And I chatted with him.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Brandon's awesome.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: So one other thing that I'm kind of wondering about is when I was using 11 D I was hosting it on Netlify and it pretty much detected, Hey, this is 11 D. So I'm just going to run the 11 D command, right. And just build and it worked great, right? That, that part of it was easy. But now that you've kind of added this bundling component to the front end with VEET, is it, I mean, do net netlify and oh, what's the other one? The other big one.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Versel. Right. Do they detect, oh, this is a slinkity, not 11y. Or do you have to go in, because you could go in and say, no, run this command instead of that command to build. Do you just have to go in and modify that in order to deploy it?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. So for the deploy step, it's almost identical, because for any of this stuff, it's you just have a build command and you have a publish directory. So for Netlify the way you can specify this is with a Netlify.toml file. So we have like just a, some docs that shows like, Hey, if you want to build this on Netlify, create Netlify.toml account and copy paste this little snippet. And it'll give you the build command and the publish directory. And then you push that up and then Netlify will know exactly what to do with that. And it's same with Versel. And then one other one that I've tested out with is CloudFlare pages which is Cloudflare's kind of like jam stack competitor tool, which is basically exactly like Netlify and Versel. So yeah, for any of those, it's gonna be just as simple and they don't have like a slinkety preset like button yet, but that's essentially just cause we haven't like opened a PR yet into their repos to get those in. But if you just take the build and publish commands just kind of as is and just plug those in, then it's going to build and it's going to work just fine. So anywhere that you can host like static jam stack kind of sites, it's going to work great for that. And this is one of the things that just like we're we're very big fans of the jam stack. I host a jam stack podcast, F.S. Jam. And so the whole kind of like everyone agreeing on how to do web dev like this, because you just have like a build command. And then if you want to bring in like serverless functions, that's something that's 11 D is just recently starting to add. So there's now an 11 D serverless plugin, which lets you integrate with Netlify functions, which are basically just lambdas. So there's also kind of more like full stacky type things that are starting to be added to 11 D. And this is going back to what do we get from 11 D that we don't get from ash or that'd be another good example of something that's because it's built into 11D core, we already have a nice kind of like serverless function abstraction as well. And that's going to be useful because I'm starting to build out some like full stacks linkity examples where we're doing like GraphQL calls into like a GraphQL API because I also work for a GraphQL API company. So I've been kind of experimenting a bit with that. And if you're doing that, then you may need to authenticate when you hit that API gateway. And so to do that, you have then like API keys and you can't just put those in your client and then deploy that to Netlify. Cause then it's like,
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: what?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: That's a, that's an issue. You didn't know.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: It's a bad idea.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. Oh yeah. No, yeah, Chuck, you, you should go, go check some of your projects. It sounds like, but yeah. So that's a, that's definitely a thing that if you need to worry about like key management and that sort of stuff, you now have 11D serverless where you can place your keys. So I'm very big into like taking these kind of jam stack ideas and like expand them out and like more like full stack stuff. So like full stacks, lengthy projects is also something you can do. It's not just like a static front end for like a blog or something like that. If you want to build like a whole dashboard, because if you're adding interactivity, it's like, well, the interactivity needs to go somewhere like if you're if you're putting in interactivity, it's probably because you have a user who's doing something and whatever that user is doing probably needs to be persisted somewhere. So there's kind of like a larger vision here of not only adding interactivity, but also giving you an ability to have like a whole back end that's set up for you as well. And so there's lots of different ways you can do that in terms of like, there's like super base now, which is really nice Postgres hosting service or like railway. So there's also now like back end tools that are as built out as like a Netlify or a Versel. And so, um, that's where I'm kind of adding a lot of stuff to this project is I'm figuring out kind of how to stitch like the backend into the Slinky project as well, while Ben is figuring out like the additional like rendering plugins and stuff like that.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: That's cool.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. I'm curious. Have any of you guys tried out like Astro or any of these kind of like Islands of Interactivity type things or have you heard about it at all?
STEVE_EDWARDS: Yeah, I've heard about it. We've talked about it. I think on Views on View, we've talked about it and the different, you know, the Islands whole approach. I haven't had a chance to sit down and play with it yet, but I'm too busy playing with inertia myself. But yeah, I definitely know about it. It certainly seems to be gaining traction because I hear about it more and more.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, you had the Isles creator on Views on View. I've been wanting to to reach out to him as well to get him on my podcast. Cause it's cool to see similar ideas play out across different frameworks. And something that I'm always a big fan of is seeing how people approach a similar problem, but from like slightly different areas. And so the fact that there's people in view world and react world who are both like, yeah, this seems like a thing that we want. It's like, okay, well, like what is the the base kind of like layer that is interesting to everyone. So I'm always looking at different things that are doing similar things, trying to abstract out like what is actually the thing that makes these all similar.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: My base layer is German chocolate.
STEVE_EDWARDS: It's just I thought about the meat as the base and not the salad. I thought the salad is more on top, the light fluffy stuff. But I guess it still works.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Go into that analogy. Yeah, I'll just go for the meat every time anyway.
AJ_O’NEAL: But yeah, it's not familiar with the island stuff. I've never heard of it until today.
STEVE_EDWARDS: Yeah. I forgot what talks with Maximo. He was, that was a good interview. It was fun.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. So I can, I can talk about that a little bit more.
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ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, yeah, that definitely sounds about right because we, you know, have had tools that have allowed us to do all the things we've done with react before react existed. So it makes sense. It's like, well, if you don't really need react to do anything, it's just that people like using react and this is like me, especially like, you know, I learned how to do web dev with React. And this is something that, you know, AJ, you're always talking about this, is you're not the biggest fan of React. And I think all the criticisms of React, they're totally valid. And it's partly because the reason why people use it so much is just because it's just the way they know how to do things. And so for people who learned how to do things before the React days they don't see the need for it. Cause like, well, we can't really do all this stuff without it. Whereas for someone like me, I'm like, okay, well yeah, but then I'm have to, you have to learn a new way to do these things. Cause I know a way to do it and it works, but there's maybe issues with that because you're, you're trying to fit a square peg into a round hole sometimes by shoving react into every single problem. So we are trying to give you a nice slinky shaped hole to shove that react into.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah. Well, the other thing is, is that as I've talked to people and as I've used different frameworks, I mean, sometimes it's really nice to just do it. The re you know, it's like, this is the react way. Okay. I don't have to think about it. I can just write it right now. Technically there are some trade-offs, but just for me to be able to quickly write what I'm going to write. Yeah. A lot of times it's just, it's convenient because the API, the methodology, all of that is, is well understood. And if you do it the way that they tell you to do it, it just kind of blows.
STEVE_EDWARDS: I guess you could say that using all that react is a severe overreaction.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Where's that sound effect?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: What did you say?
STEVE_EDWARDS: There it is. I hit the head, you hit the button twice. Little delay there. Oh, no, I was,
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: I haven't heard that yet.
STEVE_EDWARDS: I was also going to ask you, so you were talking about the framework that eBay has called Marco. Did I hear that right? Yeah. Did they ever have a polo? Thank you.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Or a camp polo. Anyway.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: What a great addition to the show. Thank God someone gave Steve a soundboard.
STEVE_EDWARDS: Oh, I love it. As soon as I discovered that Riverside had sound effects like that, I was loving life.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: I've overused it on a few shows too, anyway.
STEVE_EDWARDS: What do you mean too? I don't overuse it, I use it perfectly. I guess that's up for debate, oh well.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, this is actually one of the things that Ben has talked about. One of his big goals for the project is for it to be useful as a learning tool and for people who don't have a ton of web dev experience because if you want, you can just start writing basic HTML and CSS and it can kind of grow with you as you want to add more complex frameworks and tools on top. So if you just start with your basic HTML and start building out a site, you wouldn't even necessarily notice a difference to that or that it even does all this react stuff and it would function just the way you'd expect a regular website to function. But then once you want to start bringing in tools like React, then you can do that. And it's already set up for you to do that. So you don't have to then figure out, okay, well, I've built this kind of like HTML site that works, but then I'd figure out, okay, how do I install Webpack? And how do I configure Webpack? And how do I do all that? It will just be there already. So it's like, okay, well, all you have to do is just start writing React, and you don't need to do any configuration whatsoever. And another use case he's talked about is like the kind of portfolio website use case where you're going to have mostly content, but you may want to have little interactivity for like a contact form or something like that, or you want to do like some, you know, validation on that. Or if you want to just kind of, you know, show off that you actually know how to do more complicated things on your website, because the portfolio is usually like a showcase for your web dev ability. So you can build something that is fairly simple and works the way you'd expect your regular website to work. But then when you want to bring in this more complex kind of use case stuff, it's already there for you and it's already set up. So I think that's definitely a really good way to think about these types of tools is that they give you a lot of power that is kind of under the surface until you really need it. And so you can build a site just the way you would a regular site. And then once you want bring in these kind of newer tools. I was like, all right, I can do that. And I don't need to then get a PhD in webpack to figure out how to do that.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Makes sense.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: So yeah, and I would just recommend if people are interested in this and want to check it out, we have a lot of kind of community resources. So the main site is slinkity.dev and then from there, you can get to the GitHub and all that. We have an awesome Slinkity repo as well that I've been maintaining, and we have a lot of streams that Ben has gone out and done. We have some articles that he's written. And if you're curious about learning more about this stuff, like it's pretty much just me and Ben are really only two people working on this kinda as a continuing basis. But yeah, we're both really, really passionate about it. We think that it's a cool way to expand out into some of these like newer tools that necessarily having to like entirely buy into them. Cause they were saying if you want to just build a regular HTML site, you can do that and then kind of dip your toe in where you want. And then our, we have, have a discord channel that's been like sectioned off for us in the 11 D and discord. So you can check that out as well. And yeah, if this is at all interesting to you, we would love to have contributors. You'd love to have people come in, check it out. We're still working on the view and the spelt support. So if you're someone who's very passionate about view or spelt and want to help kind of push those across the finish line, now would be a good time to kind of add some contributions.
STEVE_EDWARDS: So are you dogfooding with your site? Are you using Slinkity to build the Slinkity site?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: That's a good question. I think that. The slinky site, I think is being built with 11 D right now, because there's not really any interactivity on it yet. But that's something that we'll probably will end up doing. I know that always a big fan of dog fooding. So I was trying to build as much as I can with like the tools that I'm using. So I had been working on like migrating my own blog over to 11 D. And then once like the kind of came around, I was like, I should actually use this instead. So I'm definitely using it and building some stuff with his wife. Ben will actually show that like I use a slinky way more than he does because he's just kind of like building it. But I definitely think that if you want like anything to really work well, you need to dog food it. So I'm working on building some stuff with it right now and definitely will push to switch the actual site over to it if that's not currently the case.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Very cool. Any other aspects of this we should dive into guys before we go to picks?
STEVE_EDWARDS: Yes, that's a classic one. I know exactly which one you're talking about.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah, yeah. So it's like, give it a try, see if it works for you. I'm not saying it's like the one true way to do this that everyone should be using Slinky. It's just, we have our own kind of take on this kind of new paradigm and and we think it's a nice way to build. I personally like really enjoy using. I think it's just a really fun tool to use and be able to just like have a stack side generator where you can just like drop in react. It's, it's, it's cool. Like for me, it's, it's really fun. So I would say just, just give it a try and see what you think. And don't worry so much about like the FOMO of like, Oh, I need to be using all these new tools. It's like, well, you know, just like play around with them, like get a, get a simple kind of like example thing, like spun up and, and deploy it should be fairly simple to do that and then you can kind of get a feel of what it's like using this and that you can decide whether you want to actually like heavily buy into using these tools.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Makes sense.
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CHARLES MAX_WOOD: All right, well, I'm going to push us into picks. AJ, do you have some picks for us?
AJ_O’NEAL: Oh, goodness. I haven't been thinking about it, but off the top of my head, I could pick, I definitely could pick the M1 Max. I'm full send on the 16 inch M1 Max. Loving it. Also, the Wheel of Time has come out on Amazon and there are some major story changes, maybe.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: So major story changes.
AJ_O’NEAL: I have not been able to get into the Wheel of Time, the book, but here's the good news. Now I actually know what the plot of the book is after watching a couple of episodes on Amazon Prime. So now when I go listen to the book, I start listening to the book again, now I actually get what's going on because I had like five hours in and I still don't know what is their quest? What are they trying to do? What is the thing that is going on? All I know is there's some trollecks that are chasing them. And some mysterious Lady Moraine is really ambiguous about things that she says. And I had no idea. What are we going towards? Is there going to be an end of this book one? Is there, is there some sort of resolution where we'll know that something happened? Or we just listen to some kids complain as they walk through the woods. But now I get it. There's this thing, it's the dragon reborn. It's going to be important. One of these kids has some sort of connection to the dragon reborn. So both the dark ones and the white coats and the ice to die all want to get at these kids. And Moraine got at them first and she's hopefully a good ice to die, not a bad one. That's what it is. So for anybody that's, uh, wanted to, there you go. But a fun fantasy, I don't think it's as good as Brandon Sanderson. Cause the magic system, well, so far is not really well worked out and it's not worked out in the Amazon series at all. They just do yoga and then all of a sudden they have powers. Sorry, it's not Yo gets Tai Chi, but anyway, you know what I'm saying. And you know, that's all I got for this week.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah, I have to chime in just because I've been watching it too, but I've read the books multiple times and I really love the books. I just had to get over all the things they changed. But yeah, so the magic system is much more fleshed out in the book.
AJ_O’NEAL: Oh, okay, good. Yeah, so far. So far. Yeah, it's not.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah, so and and a lot less Tai Chi. So anyway, Steve, do you have some picks?
STEVE_EDWARDS: Yes, I do. One legitimate pick before I get into the high point of the episode, the dad jokes. So this last weekend, I went and took my son and we saw the new Venom movie, Venom 2, Let There Be Carnage. It's a Marvel movie. And I usually don't get into all the whole Marvel universe and follow all the characters and stuff, but I've liked the Venom 2 just because I like Tom Hardy, his acting. And it's a killer sense of humor they have throughout. The Venom characters got, it's really funny, a lot of real quick humor that I really like kept me laughing. But on to the dad jokes. So first question of the day, why did no one laugh when the king farted in front of his court? Anybody? No. Because noble gases do not cause reactions. Thank you.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: That one's made me smile.
AJ_O’NEAL: Wow. You got a smile. I appreciate a good physics joke.
STEVE_EDWARDS: Now did you hear about the town that legalized marijuana, but they banned alcohol? The residents were left high and dry. For those of you who can't see, Anthony is really laughing. He's just sort of quiet. And then finally, my wife has always been a real cat person, has always had cats around. Me, not so much, but I handle it. But one time, not too long ago, she looked at one of her cats and said, you know, I'm going to teach you how to speak English. And the cat looked at her and said, me, how?
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: We need a drone sound effect.
AJ_O’NEAL: No, that was awesome. I really like that one.
STEVE_EDWARDS: Dang it. My laughing sound effect is not working and I was all, I had it all timed and everything, but just imagine people laughing.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Oh, all right. Anyway, I'm gonna get in with some picks. So I always pick a board game. This week I'm going to be picking legendary. It's more of a card game than a board game. They do have a game board that you play the cards on. I've been playing the Marvel legendary. I guess I should specify that since they have, they have like DC Legendary and I think I saw a Firefly Legendary, which would be cool. But anyway, the Marvel Legendary, they've got like two dozen expansions or something you can get. We really enjoyed playing it. I actually wrote a React Native app that helps you randomly select heroes. Anyway, so it's a super fun game and I've really enjoyed it. Basically, you just shuffle a deck of like five or six heroes. You have a villain, like a master villain. You have- villain like henchmen and then you're trying to stop the henchmen as they advance through the city. The villain has different effects on the game and if they complete their scheme, then they win. And, or if you get to the bottom of the villain deck and you haven't completed the, the win, the condition for winning, then you lose. So anyway, and the condition for winning is beating the master villain. So anyway, the mastermind. So it's a fun game. It's super fun. They've got all kinds of mixes that you can get. And yeah, we've really, really enjoyed it. Spent hours and hours playing that game. As far as other picks go, one pick that I'm going to throw out there is Auth Zero. I've just been integrating more stuff with it for top end devs. And it's awesome. It's really awesome. So I'm going to pick it. And then the other pick I have is I went on theme for us because I needed kind of a, an admin type theme and I picked up the Metronic theme and it has like react view, angular, HTML. I think there's one other in there, but anyway, so you can build it for whichever framework you want or just have it, you know, do its thing with just HTML and jQuery. And so I've been pulling that into an app that I'm working on and it's probably also going to be used on the admin for top end devs. So anyway, it's, it's terrific. I've, I've really been happy with it. So I'm gonna, picked that as well. And then my last pick is John Rich from Big and Rich. Before he was with Big and Rich, he was the lead singer for Lone Star, both country bands. He and Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs got together and released a single and it's called Santa Claus Has a Dirty Job and it's awesome. So, you can go pick it up as a single off of iTunes or wherever you get your music.
STEVE_EDWARDS: I think it was huge. Wasn't like top of every chart or something.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Yeah, it was. For like two weeks. Yeah. So. Anyway, definitely go check it out because I've been playing it. I've been enjoying it. So yeah, those are my picks. Anthony, do you have some picks for us?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Sure. I'm going to pick some Discord servers. I mentioned these briefly during the episode. So Discord servers are for me really where I've gotten a lot of my connections and kind of camaraderie as you know, we've been living through this whole pandemic and it's been just such a great way to connect with other devs and share notes and just hang out and have a good time. So two that I've really enjoyed have been the lunch dev discord, which up until about a week ago was the React podcast discord, but we have recently rebranded it because it's not really React based. Like we talk about all sorts of different things and different frameworks. This was created by Michael Chan, the host of the now defunct, possibly coming back at some point podcast, the React podcast. And so if you go to events dot lunch dot dev, you can find a list of our events that we have. And then you find a link to the discord from there. And we have lots of people who like to hang out and share what they're learning and what they're working on. And we have a lot of people who are working on frameworks as well, who will pop in and chat as well. So this is actually where I met Ben originally. And then the other one is the front end horse discord. So if you go to frontend.horse, this is Alex Trost, has a whole horse-based aesthetic. He has a stream and he has a Discord and he works for Prismic. And so there's a lot of more like design-heavy, front-end-heavy type stuff there. And they do a lot of creative coding, what he calls. And so like generative art and stuff like that. And so both of them are just really awesome communities where lots of really cool people hanging out just working on stuff and talking about what they're working on. You can get a lot of feedback and you lost support. And it's just a great way to share notes and or to just hang out and have fun and meet some people. So really enjoyed those. And I'm just a huge fan of discord in general. I think that it's really kind of like the next big thing in terms like developer communities, like we've had slack and we've had message boards and we've had stuff like that. But with discord, you really get everything because you can do like screen shares and you can do streaming and we do all sorts of stuff. So love,
STEVE_EDWARDS: if you go back far enough, you remember IRC.
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. So yeah, those are VMA picks.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Awesome. All right, Anthony, if people want to follow you or connect with you, what are the best places to do that?
ANTHONY_CAMPOLO: Yeah. I am AJC web dev pretty much everywhere on Twitter and GitHub or dev two. So that's where you can get a hold of me. And then if you want to learn more about Slinkity, slinkity.dev will have links to all of our stuff. So yeah, thanks so much for having me. Always enjoy getting to chat with you all and hopefully some people learned some new stuff and have some more cool projects to check out.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Awesome. All right, folks, we're gonna wrap it up here and until next time, Max out.
CHARLES MAX_WOOD: Oh, hang on, one more thing I gotta throw out there. So my last pick, I actually set up a phone number Community and so if you want to text me you can now this number does not take phone calls the voicemail message literally says that you can't leave me a voicemail because I won't get it but if you want to text me I I will actually text you back and this is a way for me to stay in touch with folks see what you're working on periodically ask questions and see where you're at. The phone number is 801-877-3287 And yeah, if you shoot me a text, I will text you back and yeah, I'm really looking forward to connecting with people this way. And yeah, until next time folks, Max out.
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