Fun Links 2017-05-19

Today all of my links come from one company, which is Zeit. They build software to help developers and designers, with a mission of making cloud computing as easy and accessible as mobile computing. They have a number of other open source projects and services other than the ones I mention here, so I would recommend checking them out at https://zeit.co pkg https://github.com/zeit/pkg If you have ever wanted to distribute your Node.

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Fun Links 2017-05-05

ECMAScript modules in browsers https://jakearchibald.com/2017/es-modules-in-browsers/ This is something that a lot of web developers have been waiting for since the concept of the standardized ES6 modules first appeared. Up to this point, we’ve had to pre-compile our modules into scripts that the browser could load and understand. Now we are starting to see browser native support (behind flags in most cases) to load these types of modules. It will be a while before we can use them directly for day to day use, but it should be interesting in the long run.

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Fun Links 2017-04-07

Reactide http://reactide.io/ You know your web framework has reached a new level when someone creates a domain-specific IDE for it. That is just what Reactide is, a bespoke IDE for creating React apps. With an integrated web server and browser view, not to mention build tooling, it is an all in one package. Or it will be, it is still in active development. Angular 4 Released http://angularjs.blogspot.com/2017/03/angular-400-now-available.html You read that correctly.

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Fun Links 2016-09-23

Many technical people like to come up with overly complicated solutions to problems. Like writing an app that you may only need to use once or twice. Does this sound like you? It certainly sounds like me. A lot of the time, the reason is to challenge oneself. Or maybe it is because it is just plain enjoyable to procrastinate on real life while learning a new technology. Whatever the motivation, with today’s technology it doesn’t need to be a time-consuming process.

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Fun Links 2016-09-16

To mark the occasion of the release of Angular 2 (finally), I thought that an Angular 2 themed set of links would be appropriate. And since I’ve been heavily steeped in React lately, it also gave me a chance to come up for air a little bit and see what is going on. Angular 2 https://angular.io Can’t talk about Angular 2 without a link to the official page itself. This site is different to the one for Angular 1 and contains documentation and tutorials as you would expect.

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Fun Links 2016-06-10

Since I’m in the middle of delivering a React training course to some of my colleagues, I thought why not highlight something React-related. So I’m starting off with some React-inspired alternatives to React. The concept of virtual DOM comparisons and one-way data flow has become very popular in the JavaScript world, so there has been a slew of copycat libraries emerge. Some are almost drop-in replacements, others take the concepts and run in a different direction.

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Fun Links 2016-06-03

A bit more of a theme today, and that is diagnostic API/HTTP clients. I don’t want to call them REST clients because they are much more general than that. But sometimes that is what they call themselves, perhaps to capitalize on the jargon bonus. Postman http://www.getpostman.com/ Postman is probably the most well known of this group. It started out as a Chrome plugin, but I see that there is now a Mac app as well.

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Fun Links 2016-05-27

Not as much of a theme today for the links. A collection of tools that I thought might be of interest. DevDocs http://devdocs.io/ If you’ve ever used Dash on a Mac, DevDocs is a similar idea. A central place for technical documentation, with offline support and simple, quick search functionality. You can customize which docs you want to load, but unfortunately, MSDN isn’t an option at this point. Mostly web focused, so if that is your thing, this might be a great resource.

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Fun Links 2016-05-20

I know I’ve written about static sites before. I’ve linked to some site generators and some complementary services, and now I’m going to add simple, CDN-based hosting to that list. All of these services allow you publish a static site with a simple command, and all offer free plans. Netlify https://www.netlify.com Netlify seems like the most full featured of this batch, but that may or may not be a good thing.

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Fun Links 2016-04-15

BOTS! While the picture that forms in your head may vary when you hear that word, I suspect before too long it may become as common a term as social media is now. There is a proliferation of messaging bots at the moment. And as you may guess, that means a large number of services are popping up to enable the simple and convenient hosting, development and maintenance of your bots.

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