Build a Personal “Go To” Link Service With TypeScript and GitHub

Build a Personal “Go To” Link Service With TypeScript and GitHub

Build a Personal “Go To” Link Service With TypeScript and GitHub. I spend a lot of time jumping between GitHub repositories, open source projects, and Stack Overflow questions. Gateway client — GitHub Page built with React (with TypeScript Website). Build a GitHub Page as the Gateway. “Go To” Link Service = Client + Mapping + Translator

Look up GitHub faster with just gh

As a developer, I spend a lot of time jumping between GitHub repositories, open source projects, and Stack Overflow questions.

It’s frustrating to start every new tab by searching on Google, looking through bookmarks, or typing the full URL.

In companies, developers commonly use some form of a “go to” link service internally to easily navigate. For example, developers will define gh to represent GitHub or q for Stack Overflow.

Similar services can be handy outside work as well.

There are a few solutions, but they are flexible enough for my use cases.

For example, golink is only enterprise-facing and trotto requires hosting a server. Most importantly, they all store the link mappings in a proprietary server that is not portable or customizable.

As a developer, if the current solution is not enough, it’s time to build one.

A “Go To” link service isn’t complicated. This is all we need:

  • A gateway client that is easy enough to access (e.g. a website saved as a bookmark or a custom search engine).
  • Storage for the URL translation and fetcher (e.g. from gh to  https://github.com). It can be as simple as a YAML file stored on GitHub or even a  gist snippet.
  • Translation logic.

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