Archive for the ‘Tools & Libraries’ Category

Quick Tip: How to Style React Components with styled-components

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[special]While many aspects of building applications with React have been standardized to some degree, styling is one area where there are still a lot of competing options. Each has its pros can cons, and there is no clear best choice.[/special] In thi...

Quick Tip: How to Build Your Custom Theme for Telescope Nova

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Telescope Nova is the perfect platform to use if you want to build your own social web app fast and easy. This is a free and open-source project created by Sacha Greif. The front-end development part of the app is built with the React library , while ...

JavaScript Testing Tool Showdown: Sinon.js vs testdouble.js

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When unit testing real-world code, there are many situations that make tests hard to write. How do you check if a function was called? How do you test an Ajax call? Or code using setTimeout? That's when you use test doubles — replacement code that ma...

Editorial: To Benchmark, or Not to Benchmark?

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You might have seen some headlines recently about Google's plans to retire their Octane JavaScript benchmark suite. If you're not aware of this or didn't read past the headline, let me briefly recap. Google introduced Octane to replace the industry-sta...

Tips and Tricks for Debugging Electron Applications

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Tips and Tricks for Debugging an Electron Application is an excerpt from Electron in Action, a step-by-step guide to building desktop applications that run on Windows, OSX, and Linux. If you'd like to follow along with the techniques demonstrated in th...

Create Your Own Yeoman-Style Scaffolding Tool with Caporal.js

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Starting a new project (especially as a JavaScript developer) can often be a repetitive and tedious process. For each new project, we normally need to add a package.json file, pull in some standard dependencies, configure them, create the correct dir...

Make Your Website Interactive and Fun with Velocity.js (No jQuery)

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Special thanks from me go to James Hibbard and the developers behind Velocity for reviewing this article. Also to users and developers who contribute and have contributed to Velocity over the years. In this article I introduce Velocity.js, a fast an...

5 Ionic Framework App Development Tips and Tricks

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Ionic is an incredibly useful framework for building HTML5 hybrid mobile apps. It is a great starting point for creating Cordova/Phonegap mobile applications, providing common components that can be reused and adapted. Ionic provides a useful CLI (comm...

Debugging JavaScript with the Node Debugger

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It’s a trap! You’ve spent a good amount of time making changes, nothing works. Perusing through the code shows no signs of errors. You go over the logic once, twice or thrice, and run it a few times more. Even unit tests can’t save you now, they ...

Automated Accessibility Checking with aXe

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Accessibility concerns are often ignored due to the efforts required to check them and implement solutions. Not only do developers have to get acquainted with the underlying standards but also constantly check that they are met. Can we make developing ...