Recently, one of my teammates noted that our project’s codebase doesn’t have a lot of classes. The observation wasn’t framed positively or negatively. It was just an observation about a particular code style of the team as a whole. I didn’t think much about it at the time. But looking back, this observation has lead […]
I’ve heard the term “pain” thrown around the developer community quite a bit. This “pain” comes from the vast amount of learning every developer needs to do to evolve in an ever-changing technological landscape. There are always new languages and patterns to learn and countless legacy systems which need to be integrated. Stretching one’s knowledge […]
Recently, I used Apollo Client local cache on a project. Like most features of Apollo Client, it’s powerful but complicated. For my project, I wanted to save a blob of data that represents the current state of a page. This blob would allow a user to navigate away from a page and come back later […]
I recently had to give a short talk for a conference. All the talks at this conference were about 20 minutes long, and it got me thinking about what I like about short presentations.
Out of all the tests I write on a day-to-day basis, acceptance tests are the hardest. In my experience, writing them for web applications is complex. There are many asynchronous actions going on: web requests firing off, responses being processed, UI elements popping on and off the screen, etc. To manage this complexity, I’ve been […]
I’ve been writing software professionally for a few years now, and I’ve been reflecting on the skills my co-workers told me would be useful when I first started working here. Writing quality software takes a lot of skills, and it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to focus on first.
TypeScript is a wonderful language for designing data-driven applications. The type system is suited to describe the many different shapes and transformations of data as it travels from one end of a system to another. As my team has gained more experience with TypeScript, we’ve developed some guidelines for creating typed modules that help the […]
Being explicit about the return type of the function is the most under-utilized feature of TypeScript. At least, that’s true for the way I write my code. When I first started using TypeScript, I was really impressed with the way it inferred the return type of the function, and having these types perpetuate throughout the […]
If you’ve worked with a piece of software that talks to a database, chances are you’ve come across a long SQL query. Slowly, your eyes glaze over as you attempt to reason through the many joins and subqueries, trying to figure out if this query is the source of the bug. You debate between the […]
Having new team members join a project is an exciting time, but it can often be difficult. Projects can have a huge variety of things to learn: new technologies, application architecture patterns, business models, etc., so it’s good to find a balance between ramping them up quickly and overwhelming them.