June 24, 2017
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Make Your Own Charts in React Without a Charting Library

Occasionally I see someone ask, "What's the best way to make bar charts with React? Are there any great libraries?" I often respond with, "Why not build it with React yourself?" React's one-way data binding model is perfect for creating simple data visualizations from scratch and I want to show you…
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May 18, 2017
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My most recent work project was an interesting challenge. I built an app (actually 2 Electron apps supporting 3 React apps communicating through WebSockets) that allowed a user (actually 4 simultaneous users) to look at an array of stories related to sea ports, select one, have a detail component…
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May 17, 2017
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This morning I released ShevyJS into the wild. ShevyJS is a remake of Shevy for CSS-in-JS styling. If you're new to the concept of CSS-in-JS, you can find some great resources on the topic including this massive repo . In a nutshell, CSS-in-JS is the task of adding styles either inline or…
April 22, 2017
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This won't be a very long, nor deep, post. As I was working on some code this afternoon, a thought occurred to me. I love React. I really do. I find it so pleasant to work in React, and I can't always describe why. However, I have at least one reason I can describe, and I thought I'd share that with…
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February 26, 2017
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Recently, I ran a poll on Twitter asking web developers what was most important to them. Here's a look at the results. Over 50% of the voters said the people they work with is most important to them, followed by the product they work on, and lastly, followed by the tech they use at work. No one…
February 23, 2017
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If you're using Redux with React, you are probably familiar with the concept of container and presentational components. If you are, you can skip ahead to the section Renderless Components . If you're not, let me give you a very brief description of each. Container Components The purpose of a…
February 17, 2017
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My current project has a strange requirement. Given a collection of items, a user should be able to infinitely loop scroll left and right in a carousel. From strictly a UI perspective, this makes sense, when I move to the left, add items to the right and vice versa. From a developer's perspective…
February 16, 2017
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I am starting a randomly occuring series called "Head Scratchers." At least once a week (probably once a day), I run into a problem that makes me scratch my head for while. So I'm going to share the problem and my solution with you. If you think of a better way to solve the problem, I want to see it…
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February 08, 2017
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I am currently working on a React/Redux universally rendered application at work. It has some fun parts and I want to share what I've learned from building them. One of those parts is a component I have called the BlocksLoop . In the design phase of the project, long before I was ever a part of the…
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January 20, 2017
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I want to share with you a little trick I've been using lately with stateless functional components in React. This is probably really old news to some of you, but I'm hoping there are a few of you who don't know this one yet. If you're getting started with React, and especially if you're using Redux…
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