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Welcome to my digital home!

My name is Sidney Liebrand. I am a Dutch front-end developer working with React and Ruby on Rails at Floorplanner in Rotterdam. This is the place where I publish new blog posts and perhaps a tool or two in the future.

And your metered paywall isn't part of my story, Medium

By Sidney Liebrand on Jun 10, 2019  •  2 min read

I've been greeted by the same "Your story isn't part of the metered paywall" message for a while now, and figured it was time to make a change in the right direction.

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Recruiters who call during working hours

By Sidney Liebrand on Aug 31, 2018  •  5 min read

Any kind of cold-call from some random recruiter or sales rep is annoying enough as is. Imagine my frustration when I got a call from a recruiter who called on the company phone in the middle of a working day!

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Codi.vim + fullscreen buffer

By Sidney Liebrand on Aug 27, 2018  •  4 min read

Learn how to set up Codi.vim to create a fullscreen scratch buffer that also works with Vim splits. We will take a look at wrapping the Codi command and improving the buffer name(s) as seen in :ls.

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Vim tip: persistent undo

By Sidney Liebrand on Aug 04, 2018  •  3 min read

Usually, when you open a file in your editor, make some changes, save and close, you lose the ability to ctrl+Z. Vim has a built in mechanism to persist changes made to files on disk. This may not sound that exciting, but what if your editor crashes while you have a set of changes you may want to revert stored?

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How FZF and ripgrep improved my workflow

By Sidney Liebrand on Jun 24, 2018  •  10 min read

In my never ending quest for simplicity I recently discovered FZF and ripgrep. Two command-line tools that have the potential to make every dag programming tasks easier. In this post I will explain how I use these tools to do things in a matter of keystrokes rather than having to re-google that command you keep forgetting every. single. time..

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The greatnesses and gotchas of YAML

By Sidney Liebrand on Dec 23, 2017  •  12 min read

YAML is a great language for configuration files, it is a lot more flexible than JSON with comments and inheritance for example. While I was doing some research about YAML I found bits of information scattered all over the place so I attempted to piece the great things and the quirks together in a post!

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A collection of Vim key binds

By Sidney Liebrand on Sep 16, 2017  •  7 min read

In my never ending quest for an optimal Vim setup I am always looking for ways to improve. I've used Vim for about two months now and I'm still learning a lot. In this post I'm going to take you through a part of my .vimrc that describes my non-plugin key binds.

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Combining Caniuse with FZF

By Sidney Liebrand on Sep 03, 2017  •  5 min read

There is caniuse.com which you can use to search online, but what if you're a lazy dev like me that likes to keep his stuff in the terminal? Well, for this reason I wrote a small wrapper using some of my all time favorite tools: Ruby and FZF!

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Switching to ASDF version manager

By Sidney Liebrand on Aug 15, 2017  •  5 min read

Depending on how many languages you program in, getting all their version managers installed, added to $PATH, configured etc... becomes quite a pain when setting up a new system, or even figuring out how this one works because you've used something else for a while.

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