Building web in 2024

Kate Marshalkina

Hi, I’m Kate 💡

I love solving problems regardless of the type of work: from basic client support to advanced devops tasks. I do it better when I understand how things work, but sometimes it just feels like magic.

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Tidy first? (book review)

January 21, 2024

My highlights from the first in the series of books on software design by Kent Beck

My tech year in review (2023)

December 25, 2023

Reflecting on 2023, my best tech year to date

Advent of Frontend Architecture - supporting materials

December 20, 2023

Supporting materials for my 'Advent of Frontend Architecture' talk at BarcelonaJS

Learning at work: common obstacles and how to overcome them

October 20, 2023

It took me years to find the right mindset for learning at work. In this article, I share my experience and hope it will help you grow as a developer.

React Alicante 2023

October 01, 2023

My takeaways and useful links from the conference.

Onboarding yourself as a Senior Software Engineer

July 15, 2023

In this article, I share onboarding tips that I've learned from my experiences on both sides of the process.

It depends! Exploring my favourite Renovate features for dependency updates

June 18, 2023

My top 5 features of Renovate, an open source tool for automated dependency updates.

Budgeting my communication capacity

June 03, 2023

As an introvert, I have a limited communication capacity that I refer to as my "extravert budget". In this post, I will share how I learned to spend it more wisely in order to stay in sync with the IT reality.

Thinking Architecturally (book review)

February 28, 2023

Thinking Architecturally by Nate Schutta is a short practical book for developers who want to stay current and grow in the rapidly changing tech industry. My favourite part is about “ilities”. Read on to learn more.

Fast by default with Next.js

February 20, 2023

Next.js is a great example of a “fast by default” mindset. It popularises web performance best practices by making them easy to use. In this article I share my favourite performance features of Next.js framework.

Three tricks to get in focus mode

February 05, 2023

In modern working conditions, software engineers often struggle with focus. I discovered a few tricks that I share in this article.

The road to Software Architecture (frontend edition)

January 31, 2023

According to the State of JS report, the “Code Architecture” problem is the main pain point in frontend development. This post is an attempt to connect the Software Architecture discipline with the modern frontend.

Flutter guide for React developers

January 22, 2023

In this guide I map common Flutter concepts to their equivalents in web development. If you are a React developer interested in Flutter, it will help you find your fit on the new territory.

Where to find a mentor

January 15, 2023

Last year I had several mentorship experiences, and the results impressed me. In this article, I reflect on what worked for me and suggest how to get started.

“Learning Domain-Driven Design” - the software architecture 🐒 book that makes sense

January 07, 2023

My review of “Learning Domain-Driven Design” book about DDD and how it maps to the common software architecture patterns.

My approach to the command line

May 10, 2021

Terminals can be very cool and fun! But you don't have to be a command line geek to be a successful developer.

3 simple management tricks I learned as a Tech Lead

April 08, 2021

Developers often blame “bad management” when something goes wrong. I’ve been there too, I remember the pain. For me, it was useful to sit…

Let Cloudflare CDN speed up your classic website like it's static

August 08, 2020

Improve your website performance by caching dynamic pages in Cloudflare (or any other) CDN. No need to rewrite everything in Gatsby :)

How to investigate technical solutions

May 23, 2020

We, developers, tend to value practice over theory because this is how we learn most of the things. Often though, we don't know how to start, which library or service to pick, etc. Quick investigation process described in this article helps me in such situations.

The Tech Lead rule: Management first, coding second

April 05, 2020

It took me two years to realise that “How to find time to code?” is the wrong question for a Tech Lead. In this blog post I'm explaining why.

Why 1:1 meetings are so valuable for Tech Leads

April 01, 2020

1:1 is a simple and powerful management tool that is often underestimated by novice Tech Leads. Check out my practical recommendations to make the most of it.

Practical thinking

February 02, 2020

What I noticed in behaviours of great developers is that they find a moment to think outside the box and apply results of their thought process to reality. This is what I call practical thinking.

My tech year in review

December 26, 2019

A few tech highlights from 2019.

Automated releases in a cross-language monorepo

September 14, 2019

Sharing my recent experience in automating software releases in a monorepo.

Don't get lost in never ending learning curve

March 17, 2019

Maintaining mental health for Senior Software Engineers

Reading list: on technical leadership

August 04, 2018

I've got a couple of great resources to share with those who eventually found themselves in a team lead / tech lead shoes...

Decode Alias and Union Types in Elm

January 21, 2018

I’m so exited to open this blog with a post about Elm, a functional programming language for building web frontend. As a user, I interact with Elm almost every day...