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Moving tech forward with Gomix, Express, and Google Spreadsheets

Matt Stauffer wrote down his experiences with creating a simple app on Gomix, a platform to easily create node powered sites right in your browser.

Gomix is a platform that makes it absurdly easy to spin up a new app (static HTML or Node) and see it online instantly. You can also invite your friends to collaborate, and the moment you make a change in the editor, your site updates. So, at this point I’m using Gomix and Node, and Express is an easy pick.

I strongly considered using Firebase for data storage, but the Gomix team linked me to this Gomix site using Google Spreadsheets as the backing data source and I really wanted to try it out.

So we’ve now settled: I’ll take my old HTML and JavaScript, but instead of the JavaScript loading its data from JSON files, I’ll run an Express app on Gomix pulling the data from Google Spreadsheets and output its data in a JSON format. No big deal.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.