HTML and CSS for web designers

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The HTML and CSS Designers Need to Know

10 Aug , 2017  

So, I’m going to pass straight over the debate over whether designers NEED to know how to code or not. I think the only expectation is that web designers understand the medium they design for. And that means HTML and CSS at least, which don’t count as coding, per se. The best part – once a […]

CSS 3D transformations

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Fancy 3D CSS that’s surprisingly easy to use

5 Aug , 2017  

Ok, today’s post is all about having some fun with CSS.

We already know that we can use CSS to style document colors, change typefaces and lay out page elements.

That’s cool, but we can do so much more! How about transformations in three dimensions? Or re-creating the Star Wars introduction? 

And the best thing is – these “advanced” techniques are actually super easy.

Sound fun? Let’s get started.

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How I turned a React tutorial into a complete application

20 Jul , 2017  

Hey everyone! Recently I asked everyone on the lukefabish.com newsletter if they’d like to see how I went from a basic React turorial: To this: They said YES 🙂 The writeup covers a lot of ground – from CSS to testing React with Enzyme – but it isn’t a technical tutorial. I describe some of […]

JavaScript testing with Jasmine and TDD

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How Do I Test JavaScript? An introduction to Jasmine with some TDD

2 Jul , 2017  

Yeah, you know testing is important, right? Once upon a time, JavaScript developers could get away with little formal, repeatable testing. But that was when JavaScript was an optional extra to improve a page. Now that JavaScript has moved to the centre of web application functionality it’s no longer optional, and testing it isn’t optional […]

JavaScript Framework

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Do I have to learn a JavaScript framework?

15 Jun , 2017  

“Do I have to learn a JavaScript framework?” That’s a super-common question, especially for anyone who’s just finished learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Learning a JavaScript framework (or even just a library) can seem really daunting. Especially because the first thing a lot of frameworks ask you to do is break the rules you’ve just […]

How to learn JavaScript and build awesome projects

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How to learn JavaScript

1 Jun , 2017  

A lot of people ask – how should I learn JavaScript?

It’s a great question. Why?

First, because JavaScript is one of the most in-demand skills right now, and it underpins nearly all technologies used for web development.

So of course lots of people ask how they can learn it.

It has a reputation as being a simple language that’s easy to learn. Is that true?

No, not really.

React Introduction for Absolute Beginners

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React: An Introduction for Absolute Beginners

27 Apr , 2017  

Hello and welcome to this mega-introduction to React.js. Today we’ll walk through the basic concepts for React all the way to building a small React application. But first: why is it important to learn React? There are a few answers to that, but the easiest one is that part of being a ‘modern’ web developer […]

Books to be a better developer

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Books to make you a better developer

27 Feb , 2017  

Being a developer means that you’re on a life-long learning journey. I think that’s a journey everyone should be on, but in the software world it’s mandatory.

Your current knowledge has a half-life of around five years – i.e. half of what you know now will be of no value to you in five years.

Brutal, I know.

But this isn’t a world for folks who don’t like to learn new things. Personally, I love learning new stuff 🙂

Today I’ll be talking about specific books you can use to learn new skills that’ll give you knowledge I believe will survive your whole career – and I hope that’s longer than five years!

Introduction to Webpack feature

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Introduction to Webpack

13 Feb , 2017  

Hello and welcome! Today we’re going to be checking out Webpack, the latest in a parade of tools used to build JavaScript applications.

I’ll concentrate on webpack because it:

  • Has become very popular over the last couple of years.
  • Is extremely useful and powerful.
  • Has a reputation for being difficult to learn with copious, but arcane documentation (although v2 is an improvement!)

So there’s every reason for learning it and spending some time finding out how it works.

How to be a better programmer

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10 Ways to Be a Better Programmer

6 Feb , 2017  

What’s the most important part of a developer’s job?

I’ll make it easy for you – being a better developer.

Maybe your boss would have a different answer – “ship the product faster,” “ship with no defects,” & etc.

The thing is, being a better developer will help you do the things your boss wants, but more importantly it’ll make your job easier, reduce stress in your day to day life and radically improve your job prospects.