Archive for the ‘opinion’ Category

WebAssembly Is Overdue: Thoughts on JavaScript for Large Projects

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[special]At Auth0, most of our software is developed using JavaScript. We make heavy use of the language both on the front and the back-end.[/special] In this article, we'll take a look at JavaScript's usefulness as a general purpose language and give ...

3 JavaScript Libraries to Keep an Eye on in 2017

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[special]Phew, 2016 is over! It was a crazy year for both the world and JavaScript land. Countless new impressive libraries and frameworks popped up, You Might Not Need JavaScript showed some patterns that made many question their use of JavaScript (a ...

Quick Read: The JS Foundation

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In recent years, JavaScript has seen a staggering number of libraries and frameworks come and go. In can be difficult to make important decisions about which software to use in your projects, as there is always the risk of depending on a library that t...

My Increasing Wariness of Dogmatism

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A couple of definitions, if you are unclear: 1: Positiveness in assertion of opinion especially when unwarranted or arrogant. 2: The tendency to lay down principles as undeniably true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others. 3: ....

Saved from Callback Hell

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Callback hell is real. Often developers see callbacks as pure evil, even to the point of avoiding them. JavaScriptʼs flexibility does not help at all with this. From the surface, it seems callbacks are the perfect foot gun, so it is best to replace th...

How Do You Start a New Web Design Project?

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I come bearing good news! For those of you who didn't hear yet (where've you been?) SitePoint recently launched a new podcast: The Versioning Show. It's headed by regular SitePoint contributors M. David Green and Tim Evko, who every week sit down to di...

Why I Use a JavaScript Style Guide and Why You Should Too

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Let's take a look at JavaScript Standard Style by @feross, a JavaScript style guide that's gaining popularity. It may help you reduce friction on teams and increase programmer happiness. It's a set of rules to make JavaScript code more consistent and ...

Avoiding a JavaScript Monoculture

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JavaScript, as a language, has some fundamental shortcomings -- I think the majority of us agree on that much. But everyone has a different opinion on what precisely the shortcomings are. Christoffer Petterson recently wrote that "JavaScript just needs...

So, You’re a Web Designer, Right?

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The Web of yesterday When I started doing this we were what you’d call a petit-comitè. I called myself a developer and worked with a great graphic designer, one of a kind. Our roles were crystal clear back then. Seasons came, seasons went and w...