Category: React

  • 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. This article provides a brief overview of what snapshot testing is, what it isn’t, and how it might be helpful

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  • Getting Started with React Native

    Getting Started with React Native

    Tom Dye | April 6, 2020

    What is React Native React Native is a JavaScript framework for writing hybrid native mobile applications for both iOS and Android platforms. React Native uses the same JSX and React development approach you would take for developing for the browser, but applications get built as native applications in Objective-C (for iOS) or Java (for Android)

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  • Getting Started with Electron, Typescript, React and Webpack

    Getting Started with Electron, Typescript, React and Webpack

    Justin Ellison | September 17, 2019

    If you need to build a desktop application today, Electron is an increasingly common choice. It is cross-platform and is built using the same web technologies that you probably already know. We’re long-time users of Electron at SitePen, and have previously talked about Setting up Electron with Dojo. Here we will explore an opinionated approach

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  • React Already Did That at All Things Open 2018

    React Already Did That at All Things Open 2018

    Dylan Schiemann | November 7, 2018

    All Things Open is a large, community-created open source conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, with nearly 4,000 attendees and 20 concurrent sessions. At this year’s event, I was invited to deliver a talk similar to one I had presented at JSConf titled “React Already Did That.” The session itself is not actually about React, but

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  • FullStack London 2018: Choosing a Framework

    FullStack London 2018: Choosing a Framework

    Lisa Flood | July 26, 2018

    At this month’s FullStack London 2018, our CEO, Dylan Schiemann, presented the talk “Choosing a Framework”, based on our Choosing a Framework blog series. Given our long history in web development, we’ve seen JavaScript evolve from an obscure simplistic scripting language to the language of the internet. We’ve seen frameworks rise and fall and it’s

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  • Web Frameworks: Conclusions

    Web Frameworks: Conclusions

    Kit Kelly | November 10, 2017

    It has come time to read the liner notes and write some conclusions. When we started writing this blog series, we knew that JavaScript/web application frameworks were not easy to summarize. We have tried to answer the unanswerable: What framework should I use?

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  • Web Frameworks: Soundness

    Web Frameworks: Soundness

    Kit Kelly | October 3, 2017

    For a web framework to be effective, it should offer you more than just functionality. It doesn’t matter how much hard work you put into your application if it breaks when people use it. Beyond testing, let’s explore how frameworks can help us build better code before we test it.

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  • Polymer Summit 2017

    Polymer Summit 2017

    Anthony Gubler | September 13, 2017

    Recently I was fortunate to be able to attend the Google Polymer Summit in Copenhagen with a SitePen colleague. Having attended the PWA Summit last year in Amsterdam we were expecting a well organised and interesting conference, and we were not to be disappointed.

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  • Web Frameworks: Testing

    Web Frameworks: Testing

    Kit Kelly | August 29, 2017

    Test early, test often, and test some more. Why put our heart and soul into our web applications only to be let down because we are not completely testing them. Let’s explore how the different web frameworks approach testing.

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  • Web Frameworks: Using and Developing

    Web Frameworks: Using and Developing

    Kit Kelly | August 23, 2017

    Let’s figure out how to play our album. Is it a 45 vinyl or some sort of fancy SACD? Gaining insight into how we might develop and deploy an application built on a web framework helps us figure out if it is the right fit for our team.

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  • State of Modern Component Styling

    State of Modern Component Styling

    Tom Dye | August 17, 2017

    As new user interface component frameworks are created and old frameworks are replaced with emerging technologies, methods for styling those components must change with them. Long gone are the days of creating a simple HTML component and importing a simple CSS file with corresponding class names. Concerns such as style leaking, local DOM manipulation and

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  • Higher Order Components in React

    Higher Order Components in React

    Rory Mulligan | August 15, 2017

    Traditionally, engineers use mixins, decorators, inheritance, and plain code duplication to add common functionality to a handful of components. Mixins and decorators can modify the target object in such a way that you are never really sure what methods are safe to override without unwanted side effects. Inheritance can quickly get out of hand as

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  • Web Frameworks: Common Usage

    Web Frameworks: Common Usage

    Kit Kelly | August 10, 2017

    Previously on Web Frameworks, we looked at how various frameworks deal with the concept of applications. Akin to listening to the whole album, we got a sense of how the frameworks pull it all together. In this post, we explore what are common types of applications and how the frameworks we are considering might work

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  • Wrapping Web Components With React

    Wrapping Web Components With React

    Nick Nisi | August 8, 2017

    There are many reasons to like React. It provides a nice library for writing reusable components and leverages its own virtual DOM, abstracting away the obtuse native DOM APIs in favor of a simple method calls, which are further abstracted away with a JavaScript language extension, JSX. Numerous other reactive and virtual DOM solutions exist

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  • Web Frameworks: Applications

    Web Frameworks: Applications

    Kit Kelly | August 3, 2017

    Applications built with web technologies, something that was a curiosity a few short years ago, have emerged onto the scene as a must have for most organizations. Transcending websites and providing users with a more open and unbounded experience, web applications are everywhere. Likely the main reason you are reading this series is to determine

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  • Web Frameworks: Foundational Technologies

    Web Frameworks: Foundational Technologies

    Kit Kelly | July 6, 2017

    We have previously discussed the look and feel of web frameworks. While we often become interested in a framework based on the stylishness of the widgets and applications it can create, this may lead to a similar approach to how we have historically selected music. Traditionally, you would go out, buy an album, maybe from

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  • Web Frameworks: User Interface Development

    Web Frameworks: User Interface Development

    Kit Kelly | June 16, 2017

    Whether it is Top 40 or classical or R&B, artists and music have a recognizable look and feel. When looking at frameworks, some simply provide us with a bag of instruments, while others provide us with chord progressions and album covers we can customize.

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  • If we chose our JavaScript Framework like we chose our music…

    If we chose our JavaScript Framework like we chose our music…

    Kit Kelly | June 13, 2017

    …we would all be using justin-bieber.js. We as an organization have been working with JavaScript since 2000. We have seen frameworks rise and fall, including being responsible for some of them. We have seen trends come and go. We have seen browser dominance ebb and flow. We have seen winners and losers. We have seen

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  • Death of Object.observe()

    Kit Kelly | November 6, 2015

    Adam Klien, software engineer at Google, announced on ESDiscuss that they were withdrawing the proposal to implement Object.observe and plan to remove it from V8 by the end of the year. While I was never sold on the approach of this API, I assumed long ago it was the API that would be used for

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