Forget 100% - A Realistic Guide to Physical Fitness

Two years ago in July I made a decision that changed my life. After a ten year hiatus, I decided to start working out again. I was in good shape »

TaskCompletionSource - Bridging the Gap Between Old and New

In the latest versions of the .NET Framework, asynchronous work is represented by the Task class. A task is similar to a future or promise in other languages. You can »

In Defense of JSX

JSX is the much maligned JavaScript syntax extension that tells React how to build the UI. It gets translated into JavaScript which then builds out the virtual DOM. Later the »

Top 6 Industry Shifts During My IT Career

In the fall of 1999, I dropped my plans to attend grad school to embark on a career in IT. The industry has changed considerably since then mostly for the »

How to Convert a React Mixin to a Component

In a previous post I covered an example of a React mixin which I called ClickAway that detected clicks anywhere outside of a component. I also mentioned mixins are not »

React By Example: Mixins

Components are React's preferred reuse mechanism, but it's not the only one. Sometimes different components share the same functions. It may be awkward to wrap these cross-cutting concerns in a »

React by Example: Stateless Functional Components

In v0.14 the React team introduced stateless functional components. They are implemented by functions that take a props argument and return JSX. They're simpler and offer performance benefits. The »

React: First Impressions

I'm a React newbie who just completed my first React web app, a rewrite of an internal tool at work. Previously the UI was written in ASP.NET plus lots »

The Open-Closed Principle and Build Systems

Most developers are familiar with the Open-closed Principle in object-oriented programming. Entities should be open for extension but closed for modification. It serves as a useful guide for software design. »

Convert Truthy/Falsy to True/False with !!

I've been primarily coding in Javascript for a couple months now, and the language's quirks have become familiar, almost normal, to me. IIFEs, truthy/falsy, ===, and other weird language features »