Aswin Mohan

handcrafted by someone who loves code (mobile, frontend, backend), design and life.

I'm always up for meeting new people and sharing ideas or a good joke. Ping me at hey@aswinmohan.me and let's talk.

Best Work

ModernResume

A resume builder for Software Engineers, written in Phoenix LiveView.

IndiePaper

A self-publishing platform for Indie Authors.

CoronaRM

A CRM for contact tracing implemented in Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

LessPhone

A minimal Android Launcher to reduce phone use with over 250,000 downloads.

Ultron OS

A bootable Operating System as my high-school project.

Top Posts

&&& MacOS like Fonts on Manjaro/Arch Linux

Learn how to setup Manjaro/Arch to get MacOS like fonts in the interface and Chrome.

&& Page Specific Javascript with Phoenix LiveView and Esbuild

Learn how to split your LiveView Javascript pagewise with esbuild, so your main app.js file stays small and people only download and execute the javascript they require.

& Superfast Webapps using NextJS, Vercel, LiveView and Fly.io

IndiePaper has a NextJS frontend which proxies requests to the LiveView backend. This means that I can easily edit and serve the marketing pages separtely and make it available even when the main site goes down. This post outlines the setup.

All Posts

Delight, Not Satisfy

2024-May-21 Always delight people, especially at the pionts where they interact with you.

How to be more lucky in your life.

2024-Mar-03 The role luck plays in your life and your career and how you can improve the chances of you being lucky in life.

Outsized Results are Found at the Edges of the Problem Space

2023-Nov-14 Exponential results come from solving not the easy obvious things in center the problem space, but the overlooked edges.

Minimal Config, or How I Learnt to Love the Defaults.

2023-Oct-16 A brief post on how I stopped configuring the hell out of my tools, decided to settle for the defaults and finally started doing the work that really matters.

How does UPI work ? A Technical Perspective.

2023-Mar-16 A technical look at how Unified Payments Interface (UPI) works under the hood.

ChatGPT and Prompt Based Development

2023-Mar-03 Since the release of ChatGPT API, there are multiple apps that have up. Unlike other software platforms the core difference here are the prompts. In this post I explore how this changes Software Development.

How to setup Elixir, Phoenix and Postgresql on MacOS M1, M2

2023-Jan-23 Learn how to setup Elixir, Phoenix and Postgres on your m1 based mac. We'll be using Homebrew and ASDF.

First Mile vs Last Mile Advantage of Languages and Frameworks

2022-Dec-09 A rant about how you should not choose frameworks for the initial first-mile advantage, but for the long term advantage they give.

How to Deploy your Phoenix LiveView 1.6 app on Digital Ocean with Docker

2022-Jun-13 Learn how you can deploy your Phoenix and LiveView based Elixir apps on the Digital Ocean App platform with Docker.

&& Page Specific Javascript with Phoenix LiveView and Esbuild

2022-Apr-25 Learn how to split your LiveView Javascript pagewise with esbuild, so your main app.js file stays small and people only download and execute the javascript they require.

Math is a Simulation of Reality

2022-Apr-20 Math is reality, but simulated with symbols on paper. It's a low level language for the physical world, it's representation and manipulation.

Phoenix LiveView in Production

2022-Apr-06 I used Phoenix LiveView in Production for my last startup IndiePaper. This blog post outlines why I used LiveView, issues I came across, the good parts and gotchas to look out for.

& Superfast Webapps using NextJS, Vercel, LiveView and Fly.io

2022-Jan-14 IndiePaper has a NextJS frontend which proxies requests to the LiveView backend. This means that I can easily edit and serve the marketing pages separtely and make it available even when the main site goes down. This post outlines the setup.

SEO Friendly Persistent URL Slugs in Elixir Phoenix

2021-Dec-18 Learn how to implement seo slugs in Elixir Phoenix

Treat URLS as your Friend

2021-Dec-16 URLs are flexible and can be modelled for improving the UX of your app.

Stop being so polarized all the time.

2020-Dec-14 Everyone is so polarized everywhere. We should be calm and cool and encourage civil discourse.

&&& MacOS like Fonts on Manjaro/Arch Linux

2020-Sep-11 Learn how to setup Manjaro/Arch to get MacOS like fonts in the interface and Chrome.

Simplicity Matters

2020-Jun-26 Keep your software simple.

Compiling OpenSSL 1.0 for older package versions

2020-Jun-23 This post explains how to compile older openssl packages when you want to run old runtimes from ASDF.

Implementing Autocomplete Select in Rails 6

2020-Apr-12 Outlines how I got Select with autocomplete working with Rails 6.

Self Hosted NPM Fonts with Webpack

2020-Feb-08 Outlines how I got self hosted fonts working with webpack.

Simple Productivity

2020-Jan-07 The simplest productivity system is the best.

Why We Need More Hello World Programs

2018-Jun-09 A short post on why we need more random programs out in the world.

How I Reduced the Size of My React Native App by 86%

2018-Feb-10 How I converted my Expo app to vanilla React Native and reduced it's size from 25MB to 3.5MB.