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How To Choose A Javascript Framework

Everyone knows that the rate of which new Javascript frameworks are released is hectic, to say the least. For every deprecation, there’s a bunch new ones to take its place. When someone strikes gold on a new pattern that promises to change the world, there’s 20 new implementations released in a short amount of time. Many are wondering how to make...

Oh look, Laravel is being awesome again

I’m on holiday right now, so what better time to embark on a new project! As this one is backend-heavy, I have a chance to brush up on my Laravel skills. Sadly, I haven’t used Laravel in a while up until now, as my projects have been frontend-oriented as of late. That has all changed now, and I have a few Laravel tricks to share with you! I use the...

React: what you need to know to get started right away

React has been taking the frontend world by storm, and not by accident. It is quite an intuitive way to create user interfaces, also known as the View. I have recently started using it and I can tell you it feels amazing; it’s like the Tesla Model S of Javascript tools. While it is easy to use once you get going, there’s a few concepts, patterns and...

ELI5: Ecmascript 7 decorators

If you’ve been following the ESNext scene, you might have stumbled upon syntax that includes the @ character. Weird, right? Following along that code can be diffcult for other reasons too, as it doesn’t really behave as you might be accustomed to. That new syntax is decorators, which are part of the ES7 spec. Read on for a simple explanation of what...

ELI5: Comprehensions and destructuring

If you’ve had a look at the new ES6 syntax, you might, like me, find it a bit weird at first. Since most of the new stuff in ES6 is sugar and magic, that’s totally understandable. I found that good, practical examples that go straight to the point get the job done in explaining the new and shiny. Fire up your ES6 environment (I’m partial to JSPM) and...

React with JSPM

I have been playing with React a bit recently, and I am liking a lot. Instant fan! I was also very pleased to find out it works incredibly well with my JSPM setup. Sadly, no one seems to talk about this. In most articles about using React, Webpack or Browserify is used. Time to change that! There are several reasons why you’d want to use JSPM for...

Indispensable sass mixins

Over the years I’ve accumulated some very useful Sass mixins and snippets. And here they are! Copypaste them into a _mixins.scss file and style away. Super easy media queries If you’re not using mixins for you media queries… well, you really should. This combo makes responsive layouts laughably easy to achieve: _responsive.scss...

JSPM: Modular Javascript apps with a bow

Alright alright, yes. NPM handles all kinds of Javascript packages, both backend and frontend, and looks good doing it. JSPM though, has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to frontend packages. One, it is not satisfied with only one registry. Oh no! It can pull in that sweet, sweet code from both the NPM registry and Github! Two, browsers aren’t...

Getting rid of Ruby

Good news everyone! Libsass version 3.2.0 was released a few days ago, bringing 97% feature parity with Ruby Sass! For anyone lamenting the need to have Ruby in their stack just to compile styles, now is as good a time as any to get rid of it. Read about the release and the major updates here. Edit 10.5.2015: At the time of publishing, gulp-sass,...

JSPM: Superpowered ES6 development

Javascript has come a long way, ladies and gentlemen. It won’t be long until the new Ecmascript standard is fully released, bringing a ton of useful new features and syntactic sugar to both browsers and node.js environments. Who likes waiting though? Thanks to the Javascript community, we have tools to enable ES6 in all current browsers. Effortlessly...

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