So who are you?
My name is Chen Hui Jing. I first dipped my toe into the waters of web development when I built my first HTML website in 2008 for the Malaysia Basketball Association.
From there, I discovered the existence of content management systems and migrated the site over to Drupal. I stopped working on the site a year later and put my web development journey on hold (the original site no longer exists either).
After a 4-year sabbatical (from web development), I decided to restart this journey by diving in head-first this time. In September 2013, I got a job in the web industry and this website chronicles my experiences as I learn new things, fail spectacularly and make cool stuff along the way.
The idea for Talk.CSS was born on the Kopi.JS slack channel on October 26, 2015 and within 2 hours, we had a logo, a Gitter channel, a Meetup.com account, a venue for the meetup and a couple speakers. Colour us efficient 😎.
I also have a day job as a Frontend Developer at Shopify, because we all need to pay the bills.
Anything not related to the web?
Sure. I love playing basketball and did so full-time for 6 years until the end of 2011. I have since retorn my ACL and have officially “hung them up”, or a direct translation of 高挂球鞋。Thankfully, Wei got me into climbing. She’s very good at it.
I also love to draw, though I do less of it now. At one point in time, I customised canvas sneakers for friends and some random clients under the name FUZN designs. The Facebook page still exists, though on an indefinite hiatus.
Wei and I are working on a project called RedViolaPanda. It’s about the adventures of a red panda named Viola (who loves playing her viola) and all her fluffy musician friends. Read the intro blog post and please ask me to tell you more.
I play a lot of video games as well, mostly on my PC now since I built my own gaming rig in 2012 (It’s still running beautifully, might I add). I got myself a PS3, almost 10 years after it was first released to play a bunch of exclusives I always wanted. And now, also a Nintendo Switch.
Oh, and I cycle everywhere on my trusty second-hand Muji commuter bicycle.
Elsewhere on the interwebs
Some lovely human beings were willing to hear what I had to say, or thought I was reasonably interesting to write about, so thank you to these people. 🤗
- Ep 72: Beam me up f. Sayanee Basu and Chen Hui Jing
- We Build LIVE 040 Huijing Chen
- Basketball led her to front-end engineering. Passion kept her there.
- Web standards podcast: Episode #139
- The Web Layout Revolution: An Interview with Chen Hui Jing
- Web Design Trends to Watch 2019
- Extending the Limits of CSS
- Internationalization: Practical Tips to Build for a Global Audience
- DevDiscuss S2E2: You Can Do That With CSS?
- CodeNewbie S13E4: Why you shouldn’t forget about CSS
So how was this site built?
With blood, sweat and tears! Nah, I’m just kidding.
Update: major migration from Jekyll to Hugo which took 3 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a
Jekyll Hugo site, hosted on GitHub Pages Netlify. It was built migrated after months of procrastination and hours upon hours of pressing ⌘-⇧-R, resizing windows ploughing through documentation, googling and of course, actual coding. This site is a constant work-in-progress as I add tweaks, features and content.
Jekyll Hugo is a static site generator, everything here is HTML, CSS and JS.
No PHP, no Go, no Python, nilch.