Using React Hooks To Save the Environment

James Bradley Node.js, Programming, React Leave a Comment

Every application has some need for environmental variables that are specific to that environment. This can be database connections strings or URL to an API that will vary between the different environments. In React, you can use .env files to define key-value pairs. Then Node will inject these at runtime to be used globally through the process.env.{variable}. In this blog, …

Creating a Stock Trading Bot With ThinkOrSwim

Ryan LaRue Development Technologies, Java, Programming Leave a Comment

Even if you’ve never stepped a foot into one of its stores to buy the newest version of Call of Duty, you’ve probably been hearing the name Gamestop a lot lately. That company’s stock is included in a group of stocks called ‘meme stocks’. Basically, these are (or were) dead-man walking stocks that are being heavily shorted by the big …

Apple Silicon for Development

Lou Mauget Development Technologies, Programming Leave a Comment

In June, Apple announced a two-year transition from Intel to Apple Silicon for the iMac and MacBook line. I knew Apple had lost their mind. But, before Christmas, I owned my very own chunk of Apple Silicon living in an attractive milled-aluminum case.

In this article, I’ll discuss the Apple M1 silicon-on-a-chip (SoC) used as a software development computer. I’ll cover installation, and I’ll also talk through running apps that support development on my M1.

Four Ways of Writing Thoughtful Code to Think Less

Ryan Brewer Opinion, Programming 3 Comments

Long before I was offloading brainpower to Stack Overflow, I sought to offload it for my future self (ahem, and teammates of course). I have a book to thank for this. Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think.”  It’s a critique of complex user interfaces.

Steve likes them simple and intuitive: the users’ goals are evident and easily accomplished.

Steve’s adage–“don’t make me think”–also plays a fair critique of the code we write. We can take that adage and apply it as a “DX First” approach to writing code. (An approach that admittedly should be sacrificed to UX or Performance Gods as needed.)

In this article I illustrate four high-level ways of elevating the developer experience to the forefront, helping us grok more while thinking less.

JavaScript Shortcuts from a Seasoned Professional

Brian Jacobs JavaScript, Programming, Tutorial Leave a Comment

I’ve spent the past 15 years of my career working as a web developer. Over those years, I’ve learned and created various shortcuts to help ease development. So, I figured I’d share them with you. This short write up lists some of the JavaScript tips and tricks that I’ve picked up during my career.

The first snippet I’ll cover is one I’ve only used in a very specific, unique circumstance. It may not be relevant to all of you, but I wanted to share for the few it would apply to. The rest are snippets I use on nearly a daily basis. No matter your situation or requirements, you should be able to find at least one that you can adopt.