It would have been simple just to redirect to my github page, and use the pinned repositories feature as my effective “Projects Page”, but I was in the mood to make something!
I found myself manually writing tables into a static project page, and I thought
Wait a second, I’m a programmer!
and started reading about the google sheets API. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any way in the API to anonymously access a published document – so I went with the next best: fetching the published document as a CSV.
Having spent so much time with really low level languages, I have a deep
appreciation for modern languages with good string manipulation features. I
as easy in this case. Of course, parsing CSVs isn’t all that difficult, but it’s
easy to take
string.split(",") for granted.
So the end result is that I get to manage my list of projects in a google spreadsheet, and the data will automatically be displayed on the projects page using the correct look-and-feel for the current theme.
One thing I appreciate about the minima theme is that the links in the header are editable just by adding markdown to the site root, so I don’t need to extend the theme just to add a link! As a result, the projects page can be found in the header (or here, if you prefer).