• Progressively Adopting TypeScript in a Dojo Toolkit Application

    Progressively Adopting TypeScript in a Dojo Toolkit Application

    Rory Mulligan | June 3, 2020

    TypeScript has become a mainstay of modern web development libraries. Consuming functions and widgets written by a third party can be error-prone without some type of guidance. Introducing static typing to the interfaces doesn’t just reduce misuse, it has added benefits including intelligent code completion.

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  • Disciplined Engineering – Part 3: Refining Your Engineering Process

    Disciplined Engineering – Part 3: Refining Your Engineering Process

    Paul Shannon | May 21, 2020

    This is part 3 of the Disciplined Engineering series.  It is for teams that have an established engineering process with confidence around the quality of their application. This article will help improve your engineering game by identifying the common patterns that will further improve your team’s focus on quality.

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  • Disciplined Engineering – Part 2: Creating Code Confidence

    Disciplined Engineering – Part 2: Creating Code Confidence

    Paul Shannon | May 21, 2020

    This is part 2 of the Disciplined Engineering series. It focuses on improving the confidence of the code produced by your team. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading Part 1: Building an Engineering Process as a prerequisite for these practices. You can also check out Part 3: Refining Your Engineering Process.

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  • Snapshot Testing: Benefits and Drawbacks

    Snapshot Testing: Benefits and Drawbacks

    Jason Cheatham | May 19, 2020

    Snapshot testing has become very popular for front end-development over the last few years. The term has almost become synonymous with Jest and React, but it can be used to test more than just components.

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  • Sensible Improvements in TypeScript 3.9

    Sensible Improvements in TypeScript 3.9

    Nick Nisi | May 15, 2020

    The recent TypeScript 3.9 release primarily focuses on performance and stability, but it does include some language updates that are worth a closer look. Expansion of uncalled function checks Continuing its quest to save you from yourself, TypeScript 3.9 expands on the uncalled function checks that were introduced in version 3.7.

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  • Performance Testing with k6

    Performance Testing with k6

    Stuart Bingë | May 13, 2020

    There’s an old adage in the software industry – premature optimization is the root of all evil. A corollary to this should be – no optimization is just as bad as premature optimization.

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  • Accessibility Inspectors: A Basic Guide

    Accessibility Inspectors: A Basic Guide

    Matthew Wistrand | May 6, 2020

    As accessibility-minded developers working on accessibility-minded teams, we strive to design and build inclusive applications that yield a pleasant experience for all users. However, despite our best efforts we may make mistakes and implement features in a sub-optimal way, or worse, discover that some users cannot use those features at all.

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  • Virtual Reality in 2020

    Virtual Reality in 2020

    Paul Shannon | May 5, 2020

    Virtual reality (VR) is one of the most interesting emerging technologies for the web in 2020. Recently at HalfStack Phoenix I shared insights on VR, WebVR, the web, and what makes VR a lasting technology that will change the way we interact with information over the coming decade.

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  • Progressively Adopting TypeScript in an Application

    Progressively Adopting TypeScript in an Application

    Paul Shannon | April 30, 2020

    SitePen is a huge advocate for TypeScript and the benefits of having well typed code. TypeScript is especially powerful when used by medium and large teams that want to find ways to increase their overall confidence in their code.

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  • Architecture Spotlight: Event Sourcing

    Architecture Spotlight: Event Sourcing

    Stuart Bingë | April 2, 2020

    Event sourcing is a powerful architectural pattern that records all changes made to an application’s state, in the sequence in which the changes were originally applied.

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  • New TypeScript Features that Improve the Developer Experience

    New TypeScript Features that Improve the Developer Experience

    Nick Nisi | March 18, 2020

    In many ways TypeScript is more like a powerful linting and documentation tool to author better JavaScript, rather than a separate programming language. One significant benefit of TypeScript is its deliberate support for some of the latest ECMAScript language features.

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  • What Makes Intern Different

    What Makes Intern Different

    Jason Cheatham | March 10, 2020

    Intern has always taken a different path in the pursuit of flexible automated web app testing. In the early days, Intern leveraged AMD modules when most other testing frameworks were not modular or only supported CommonJS modules, allowing Intern to support modular code in any environment.

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  • Why did we start TSConf?

    Why did we start TSConf?

    Nick Nisi | March 6, 2020

    The ubiquity of JavaScript is undeniable; it’s the universal language of the web — a position that no other languages hold. JavaScript is flexible, able to adapt and grow as the web grows.

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  • HalfStack Conference – Phoenix, January 2020

    HalfStack Conference – Phoenix, January 2020

    Mangala SSS Khalsa | March 3, 2020

    HalfStack is a series of tech conferences focused on half of the web development stack – specifically, the part you interface with. It lives up to its claims of being “an authentic, high value experience for attendees and sponsors focused on UI-centric JavaScript and web development.

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  • Exploring the Network Information API

    Exploring the Network Information API

    Dylan Schiemann | November 18, 2019

    In 2007, we were invited to speak at the Apple WWDC event. At the time we didn’t know why we were invited. We later learned that because there was initially no native SDK, developers were advised to use JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to create iPhone apps, and were encouraged to attend our session.

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  • How to Pick a Web Mapping Library for your App

    How to Pick a Web Mapping Library for your App

    James Milner | November 7, 2019

    With the boom of location-based technologies like mobile location services and the Geolocation API in the browser, we have seen the growth of mapping and location inside of applications. Alongside this we have seen numerous mapping libraries appear for the web, allowing developers to build map based experiences into their apps.

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