From the first day I started learning to code at my bootcamp, I learned how open, how helpful and how freely info is shared within the web development community. It’s awesome and inspiring (and at times a little overwhelming). So. Much. Information!
But truly, I have such respect for the people who are open source maintainers of code, the people who answer questions on Stack Overflow, the people who speak at conferences, make courses, write books and blogs — and (often) do so on their own time, outside of their day jobs.
What other industry can you point to where…
My development team at work jokes that bugs “are just features users don’t know they want yet”. 🤪
But as any good development team does, we try to prevent those bugs from happening to our users in the first place. We know that technical systems are not infallible: network requests fail, buttons are clicked multiple times, and users inevitably find that one edge case no one, not the developers, the product managers, the user experience designers and the QA testing team, even with all their powers combined, ever dreamed could happen.
We try to handle those errors gracefully so the…
You know that moment when you’re coding something and think to yourself: “I wish this [text, image, box, insert element of your choice here] would grow or shrink depending on the viewport size… but only up to a certain point”?
If you haven’t experienced this yet, not to worry, you will. But what you won’t have to do is come up with some complex event listeners using the Web API
ResizeObserver or CSS
calc() functions or even CSS media queries that would swap out complete elements or components depending on the viewport size. 😓
No, nothing requiring so much effort…
Think about it: at the advent of the Internet you could send and receive email, search by keywords for information and visit a few, extremely basic websites. Today, you can: order a car and have it pick you up at your exact location within minutes, make purchases with a credit card number stored on your phone, search for extremely specific questions via voice and get thousands of useful, relevant answers. It’s amazing what’s at our fingertips now with very little effort on our part.
And as the Internet has grown more useful to us as users, it’s also grown more…
As a web developer myself, I always appreciate when websites go above and beyond being purely functional, and add a touch of fun and magic. A parallax background, a cool animation or page transition, or some other cute Easter egg I wasn’t expecting to find — you know it when you see it. It’s the kind of thing that makes you smile and think: “Cool!”.
And a lot of times, it really isn’t that hard to make these things happen — or, at least it may not be — because chances are, you’re not the first person who’s wanted to…
If you’ve been doing web development for any length of time, you’re probably aware that a lot of our job revolves around data: reading data, writing data, manipulating data and displaying it in the browser in a way that makes sense.
And the vast majority of that data is supplied from REST API endpoints: representational state transfer application programming interfaces (what a mouth full 🥵, hence REST API). In laymen’s terms: the data we want exists in some other service or database, and our application queries that service to retrieve the data and use it as we see fit.
If your web development team is anything like mine, you’ll understand the value and importance of tests to support and continue to verify your application’s functionality (even if you’re not a huge fan of writing tests, which sometimes, I’m not).
Unit tests, integration tests, and end-to-end tests in particular are a way to safeguard against bugs popping up in seemingly unrelated pieces of code while you’re building out cool, new features.
End-to-end testing, in case you’re less familiar with it, is a technique for testing the entire software product from beginning to end to ensure the application flow behaves as…
I’m in the process of building myself a new personal website: a site where people can learn more about me, find all the articles I’ve written over time about web development and get in touch if they want to say hi. 👋
Since I’m already quite familiar with the React framework, and this will be a static site lacking the need for a server, protected routes or a separate database, I decided to go with Gatsby to build it.
Gatsby’s been sweeping the web development world since mid 2017, offering a powerful, open source alternative to build “blazing fast” static…
If you’ve worked in web development for any length of time and ever needed to access a database or some other service containing data before showing a page to a user, you’ve encountered the need for a loading screen.
Even with the ever-improving speed and availability we’re afforded by the Internet today, it can still take more than mere milliseconds to fetch data off a server (especially when it’s a large amount of data you need, or that data needs to be transformed by the browser before displaying it onscreen) or process a request from the browser (like placing an…