Weekly Digest #6: Learning Git from novice to expert

Recently I have been helping to create content to onboard new developers. One of the topics I prepared was Git. I have been using git for more than 12 years, and while doing research I was surprised to learn new things. So I decided to share some useful links with everyone.

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React Summit Remote Edition Highlights

When the year started I was looking to attend to React Summit in Amsterdam. So I was super happy to hear that they were doing a remote edition. Woke up at 5:30 am to attend and it was totally worth it! Specially the workout break!!!

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Let me show you some of the highlights:

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Weekly Digest #5: 100 days of code

100 days of code was started by Alexander Kallaway in 2016 but recently it has been gaining more momentum (we all know why). Practice is the only way to master any discipline so if you have been thinking about joining the challenge, I have compiled a list of project ideas to help you get started.

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Thoughts on Snapshot Testing

Since I moved to react at work I have been using and trying different testing strategies and I wanted to share some thoughts and best practices around snapshot testing.

In the past I have worked on different projects on frontend, from simple websites to complex editors. Along the journey I have used different testing frameworks and tools.

While recently snapshot testing has become popular, in my opinion it can be a double edged sword, and here is why.

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Weekly Digest #4: On React internals

This weekly digest focuses on React internals. Understanding how react works internally helps to follow best practices when coding, better understanding on performance and extra skills to debug those hard bugs. React defines that UI is a function of state: UI = f(s) . Every time the state changes react calculates the new UI (reconciliation) and renders the differences:

State Change


Read the following sources to understand better how the whole process works:

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Weekly Digest #3: Understanding Javascript Internals

In this weekly digest I want to focus on resources that have helped me learn Javascript inner workings. In order to master any coding language it is necessary to understand how it works.

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Weekly Digest #2: Latest web open source releases

  • Storybook 5.3 was announced on January 14th. Support for MDX (markdown and javascript) to write stories and docs, auto-generated docs for popular javascript frameworks (Vue, Angular, Ember and Web Components), Declarative configuration, integration with popular design tools (InVision, Sketch, Figma, Abstract, Adobe XD), official support for Web Components!, and more.
  • Typescript 3.8 was announced on February 20th. Bringing Type-Only Imports and Exports, ECMAScript Private Fields support, `export * as ns Syntax`, Top-Level await, es2020 for target and module, JSDoc Property Modifiers, Better Directory Watching on Linux and watchOptions, “Fast and Loose” Incremental Checking, and more.
  • Also, Typescript 3.9 beta was announced on March 27th. Improvements in Inference and Promise.all,  Speed Improvements, Uncalled Function Checks in Conditional Expressions, etc.
  • Nextjs 9.3 was announced on March 9th. Includes a lot of new features for static site generation and a smaller runtime (32kb less!!). Also they enabled Github discussions check what the community is asking!.
  • Babeljs 7.9 was announced on March 16th. Support for `@babel/preset-modules` directly under `preset-env` with a flag (`bugFixes`), Ts 3.8 support, flow declare fields, and a new JSX transform (under experimental flag).  Also check Babeljs 8.0 roadmap (which is targeted for 2020)
  • Prettier 2.0 has arrived!!! Officially announced on March 21st. Improved method chain breaking heuristics, Ts 3.8 support, changed the default trailing comma to ES5 standard, changed the default value for arrowParens to always, and a bunch of fixes. Looking forward to try this release!!! NOTE: works for nodeJS versions >= 10.
  • Git 2.26 was announced on march 22nd. Performance improvements due to making the V2 Protocol a default, new config options, `git sparse-checkout` which should speed up mono-repo checkout process, improved `git grep` performance,  and more.
  • Last but not least, React Router v6 is in alpha (close to beta). Reach Router is being “acquired” by React Router, improving routes, changing how history API is used and reducing the bundle size (from 20kb to 8kb!!!),

Enjoy!!

Weekly Digest #1

  • Best practices on JavaScript modularity: when to use named exports, how to group code and what to avoid. Check JavaScript Module Best Practices.
  • Understanding the proxy pattern and adding that to your toolbox is super useful. In the past I have used proxies for multiple purposes (logging, performance, caching results). Learn more about JavaScript proxy in JavaScript Proxy Object Explained post.
  • Have you read “JavaScript: the good parts”? Check this article on The Magic Behind JavaScript Sintaxis Shortcuts to learn more about not so good practices (well except maybe ternary operator)
  • Planning to try all this out? Check this article on best online IDEs: 12+ Best Online Code Editors for Web Developers. I recommend Stack blitz (it is vs code online)
  • Let’s finish with some js basics. Here’s an article that quickly explains how to declare variables: JavaScript Variables: var and let and const. I tend to agree with the statements made in the article, const is your ally but there is one caveat that you need to understand. A value declared in a const cannot be mutated, but objects or arrays are always mutable constructs, so while you can declare an object or an array as a const it is possible to mutate its properties/items. It only won’t be posible to assign something else to that const!

Enjoy!!!