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Handling SEO in React apps

I have landed successfully in Bali, rented a scooter and been enjoying my ride from my place to Dojo Bali where I’m currently writing this article.SEO definitionSearch engine optimization (SEO) is the process of increasing the quality and quantity of website…

Jun 13, 20195 min

Penang was way better

As promised before when I shared my experience spending one month in KL as a remote developer, It’s time to share with you how was Penang compared to KL.PlanningSome of you asked me on Instagram about why did I choose to visit this Island, well the truth is…

Jun 06, 20195 min

One month in Kuala Lumpur as a remote developer

I won’t consider myself a digital nomad yet, but I admit that I was a bit influenced to try out that lifestyle, but as I don’t like traveling a lot as I mentioned in my previous article, I wasn’t really engaged into the idea of continuously traveling & working…

Apr 23, 20195 min

Solving hashtags problems

HashtagsPhoto by Jon Tyson on UnsplashHashtag ~hashtags is the plural noun~ is any phrase or word that has a ’#’ sign at the beginning, it is mostly used on social media platforms to target a specific topic and to gather users interested in that same topic.As…

Apr 14, 20193 min

Quick tips to be prepared to go through any airport in Morocco

Here are few quick tips to go through any airport in Morocco, whether you’re a foreigner or local citizen, these tips apply for both of you, so let’s get started!Get 4 hours earlier to the airportWear shoes that you can take on/off quicklyExpect that you will…

Apr 08, 20191 min

How To add dark mode easily with a custom React hook

In this quick article, I will be implementing dark mode to a quick React app with a custom React hook,Before we start, let’s see how is this supposed to work in three easy steps:We will check first if the chosen theme isn’t stored on localStorageIf it exists…

Mar 22, 20192 min

Pixel 2 review and why Nexus 6p is a bad choice

I’ve been using the Nexus 6p for 2 years until recently as I had to upgrade to the Google Pixel 2 for various reasons which are really frustrating to a level that I highly don’t recommend buying the Nexus 6p.I’ll walk you through the pros & cons of the Nexus…

Feb 16, 20193 min

2018 year review

2018 was for me the most productive year so far, so I’ve decided to write an article at the beginning of each new year highlighting few achievements to improve over the upcoming years.So let’s first get started about the stuff I learned during 2018:Dev:CSS…

Jan 13, 20193 min

One year working remotely

Remember the last time I shared with you my story when I declined the job offer as a front end developer then won the first prize at a hackathon which was hilarious because I got the same amount of money they offered me in 36 hours instead of 30 days & 8 hours…

Sep 18, 20183 min

From failure to launch - Hajj Hackathon

While travelling to Rabat in order to visit the Moroccan office of Obytes (the company I work for), I got invited to participate in Hajj hackathon which was looking for people who would like to solve some main problems related to Hajj, especially these nine…

Aug 06, 20184 min

We are truly living in a simulation

Not that kind of simulation you’ve seen on the matrix movie but a different one, keep on reading to understand more.The simulation I’m talking about is actually simulated by ourselves not by some highly intelligent being(s), each one of us including other…

Jun 29, 20181 min

The tech tools I use

So I thought about sharing the tools I use personally or at work, so let’s start with,Design tools:Adobe Illustrator for logos, icons, illustrationsAdobe XD, Invision Studio or Sketch for designing user interfaces & wireframesAdobe Photoshop for editing…

Feb 27, 20184 min

My trip to Istanbul & why I hate traveling

I wanted to visit Istanbul 3 years ago and even told my friends about it, but 2 years after that moment, I didn’t really want to travel anywhere anymore because in my opinion, the Internet (even if it’s not decentralized) saves us money & time and so we don’t…

Dec 25, 20174 min

Why I created Unnamed

I hate when I use a known css framework like Skeleton or Bulma… and specially frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation…Because of many reasons but here’s the main reason: “since I’m also an UI designer, I always have to rewrite the entire css code of the UI…

Sep 20, 20171 min

Build your perceptron neural net from scratch

“ In the late ’50s, a Cornell scientist named Frank Rosenblatt had proposed the world’s first neural network machine. It was called the Perceptron”Let’s start by defining the terms first, Ai (Artificial intelligence), ANN (Artificial neural networks), Machine…

Aug 12, 20174 min

First time getting first prize at a hackathon

As I always do, to arrive at time I stay awake the whole night, so I spent that night coding & designing like most of my days. So after I declined the job offer, I was invited once again to participate in a great hackathon organized by Lematin by partnering…

Jul 08, 20172 min

Getting my first job offer without a degree at a startup

It all started on facebook, I was reading Tech crunch news until a notification popped up, my friend Med Bouasria tagged me on a job announcement on a facebook post of Hidden Founders, they were looking for a front end developer, I wasn’t really sure If a self…

Jun 07, 20172 min

HPS Hackathon

After winning the second prize at the Lydec Hackathon organized by Screendy.I got invited to join the student partner program of Screendy — thanks to Mehdi Alaoui (the Founder & CEO of Screendy) — to help the participants during the international HPS hackathon…

Apr 10, 20172 min

How I learned Design & Dev in a year & half

I started Learning Design 1stI learned Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop —Then Adobe XD later on— easily since I was playing with Adobe After Effects when I was a little boy.I started practicing by Designing stuff for myself like, logos / User interfaces…

Mar 10, 20174 min

Never work for free

It was the first time I work for free since it was my English teacher for whom I promised to make an entire dynamic website in which he would post his quotes -he thinks he invents them from scratch even though it is obvious that we cannot create something from…

Mar 02, 20172 min

About me so far...

The story of my nickname “Smakosh”I’m Ismail Ghallou also known as Smakosh, a nickname which was given to me since I was 8 years old by one of my friends’ dad. Many teachers told their colleagues, my parents and sometimes me personally, that I was a good…

Dec 02, 20164 min

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