June 24, 2017

Make Your Own Charts in React Without a Charting Library - Part 1

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

How I Stumbled Upon Normalizing Redux State

and later learned it's a real thing

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…

May 17, 2017


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

What I Love About React #1

Renders with Ternaries

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…

February 26, 2017

What is Most Important to a Web Developer?

the Tech, the Product, or the People

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…

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February 23, 2017

Renderless Components

or How Logic Doesn't Always Need a UI

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…