I’ve completed a few projects that involved prototyping software in a very short timeframe. This situation can differ drastically from the normal pace of agile projects because results and certainty have to be prioritized above long-term considerations. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to push code out quickly (and won’t be […]
I recently worked through a seemingly-endless problem inside of a tech stack that I have little experience with. After about half a year inside of a different project that I knew everything about, this process felt pretty painful and frustrating. In fact, I had to experiment with a number of solutions before I found one […]
At Atomic, many people have read and enjoyed Cal Newport’s book Deep Work. This book is all about the importance and the art of achieving great things by eliminating distractions and maximizing flow.
Recently, I needed to implement an unusual feature for a React front end: a reusable component that displays server-rendered pages from a legacy version of the same app. If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, I hope this guide will make life easy for you!
I recently had to implement a local file cache for a React Native app so that users could play audio and video when offline. There are a number of reasons you might need to make a similar caching system, and this post explains how to set up the basic code.
Good code is easy to change. I read that somewhere in the depths of the internet about a year ago, and it’s substantially affected the way I code. It’s a pretty simple statement at face value, but it takes on a new meaning when read in terms of equivalence: Good code is code that’s easy […]
About a year ago, I was learning how to properly unit test Phoenix applications using the Mox library. The strategy I adopted for my side projects involves adding “module dependencies” to any module I want to unit test, and then using Mox to configure those dependencies during the tests. While that approach is great for […]
Lately, I’ve noticed a transition in my craft as a software developer. While I once devoted almost all of my mental energy to getting code to run properly, I’m now putting more thought into writing clear and maintainable code. I’ve started to understand that programming languages are not only a way for me to “talk […]
I love Create React App, and I also love TypeScript. That means I really love react-scripts-ts, which is a great way to spin up a new SPA for experimental purposes.