Eradicate Runtime Errors in React with Flow

Flow is pretty awesome. Oh, more details… Ok, so, Flow is great for large or growing codebases that could use a hand in the static analysis department. Even outside of the context of React (heh), Flow shines by ensuring type safety across modules; that is, it allows you to annotate variables, functions, et al. with type annotations that Flow can parse and use to spot errors in your application before they happen.

Where Flux Went Wrong

Already comfortable with the history around ReactJS and Flux? Skip to Flux and Component State to jump right into the problem statement. Ahem. When ReactJS first entered the development scene it attracted front-end developers across the world with its promise to introduce some semblance of sanity back into the dreaded Single Page Application. The framework, commonly referred to as the V in MVC, popularized the concept of componentized applications; that is, everything you see on the page is a React component.

From Redux to GraphQL

Here’s the deck from a presentation I recently gave that convinced our team to pivot from a Spring/Java REST backend to Relay and GraphQL. Since I don’t have the time right now to really write a blog post on anything, I figured this was better than nothing! http://slides.com/davidzukowski/deck/fullscreen

New to JavaScript? Avoid Angular

No, AngularJS is not that bad, at least for certain projects, and no, this isn’t a prop piece for another framework that relies on belittling others. What it is, however, is an article about why AngularJS is not JavaScript, and why this is harmful for new developers. This statement holds true (to varying degrees) for many other high-level JS frameworks, of which Aurelia, Ember, and React are among the more recognizable.