Life Update and Going Forward

I know for the past two months I’ve been somewhat neglecting my blog (plus my newsletter, but more on that later) but I figured it was time to give a life update. It was not without reason though. I’ve recently had a big change in my life in that, I’ve left the government life behind and traded it for joining Pure Chat, an early stage startup.

If anyone has known me, you’ll know that joining a startup has been somewhat of a dream of mine (that or start my own :P). The whole thing came together pretty quickly but I’m more than excited to get in on the ground floor of an awesome team. Read More

World’s Smallest JavaScript Router

In a recent project, actually still in-progress project, I needed a small JavaScript router that would fit the following requirements:

  1. Be Tiny
  2. Allow bookmarking of sub views
  3. Assume jQuery as the only available library

I poked around the interwebs, and used Microjs to see if one of them fits what I’m looking for. None quite did, so I did what any other developer usually does, wrote one myself!

Another point to make is that, all the HTML required was already loaded into the page. I didn’t need any AJAX at all. I wanted it to be a completely client-side solution. Read More

Generate JSHint Markdown Reports

I wanted to quickly talk about a new NPM module I published not to long ago, jshint-md-reporter. As you could figure out from the name, it will give you JSHint markdown reports.

After a quick search, I saw that there wasn’t a reporter already made. I found one that would generate an HTML page in Bootstrap so I stole that same concept, and modified it to generate markdown.
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Empty File Inputs in IE9

In all web development, you run into a bug that’s specific to a browser/version, and defies common sense. At least common sense in the way web development can make sense sometimes.

The past day or two, I have been debugging an issue that had me ready to pull my hair out. It’s specific to IE9 (or the new IE6), and file inputs not being sent to the server through a form POST.
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Simple Gulp Workflow for React

On my newsletter, I recently shared that I’m taking a dive into learning React a bit. I’ve gotten to know the roller coaster that is Angular development and am ready to branch out. As I’ve stated before, always be learning.

React has been the library in the forefront of everyone’s mind recently. The fact that it was focused on doing one thing extremely well, is appealing to me. Angular is great for building complete apps, but you are committing 100% to that ecosystem for all pieces. React does the “V” in MVC and that’s it.

Since React uses jsx, a transpile step is somewhat required (although not always). I also wanted to throw Babel and Browserify on top of that to dive head first into using ES6 as well. I’ve setup a simple Gulp workflow for React that if you’re looking to get into React, is a good starting point for writing apps. Read More