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  1. JavaScript Asynchronous Iteration Proposal

    There’s a proposal in the works to simplify asynchronous iteration even further.

    The Asynchronous Iteration proposal is already in stage 2 and being heavily worked …

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    4 minute read
  2. How I Got Into Programming

    Roughly half of this story first appeared on the preface to my first book, JavaScript Application Design, but I’ve always felt that the story also belonged on …

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    11 minute read
  3. Template Literals are Strictly Better Strings

    This article explores how template literals are strictly better than strings, and how they too should become the new default of a post-ES6 era – over single and double quoted strings.

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    14 minute read
  4. What Does a Sound Look Like? Web Audio Art!

    The Web Audio API is a very powerful feature available in modern browsers today, boasting a rich set of functionality. In this exploration, we’ll be looking at …

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    15 minute read
  5. Binding Methods to Class Instance Objects

    There’s a number of different ways we can ensure class methods have access to this. After some controversy on Twitter last week, we quickly go over the most …

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    6 minute read
  6. JSON Web Tokens vs. Session Cookies: In Practice

    Quite a few challenges have been found with using server-side sessions in modern-day applications. In this post, we’ll identify those challenges and explain how JWT and sessions work in practice.

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    9 minute read
  7. Two-way Synchronization for a Web App and Git

    This article explains the challenges I went through and how I ended up implementing a two-way synchronization between the web application and a git repository for the articles.

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    12 minute read
  8. The Art of a Pull Request

    Writing a great Pull Request takes time. It can be a scary proposition going in. Did I implement something relevant? Will they like my changes? Will the PR meet their expectations? How much scrutiny can I expect?

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    13 minute read
  9. ServiceWorker: A Basic Guide to BackgroundSync

    A simple guide to getting up and running using Background Sync and Service Workers. Background Sync is a new web API that lets you defer actions until the user has stable connectivity. This makes it great for ensuring that whatever the user wants to send, is actually sent.

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    10 minute read
  10. How Pony Foo is ridiculously over-engineered
    — and why that is awesome

    With almost 3000 commits on record, I’m pretty sure that Pony Foo is one of the most, if not the most, over-engineered blogs ever. This article goes over how it all began as a learning experience…

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    34 minute read
  11. The Double-Edged Sword of the Web

    A couple of weeks ago I had some time in my hands and decided to fix cross-browser rendering issues for Pony Foo. The ensuing bug hunt was a good reminder of just how obnoxious web development can get.

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    16 minute read
  12. An Elastic Stack Primer

    This article describes my adventures while getting initiated into the Elastic Stack. We’ll be building upon the elasticsearch index I’ve set up for search in an earlier post.

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    25 minute read
  13. A Promise-Based Worldview

    Once the Node.js developer’s victim of choice, Promise now enjoys healthy adoption on both sides of the stack, with prominent open-source contributors like @sindresorhus visibly leveraging them.
    What’s changed?

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    2 minute read
  14. Setting Up Elasticsearch for a Blog

    I’ve been experimenting with elasticsearch – and working at the company behind it for a while – so it only made sense to incorporate it as Pony Foo’s search provider.

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    26 minute read
  15. Just Married! 🎉

    I got married last friday, and then we threw a party on saturday.

    I wanted to extend the celebration a little bit longer by sharing a few pictures on my blog.

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    10 minute read
  16. NodeConf hits the ground running in Latin America

    NodeConf Argentina is one of the first international Node.js conferences taking place in Latin American territory, and a not-for-profit community effort to push Node.js …

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    2 minute read
  17. GitHub for Human Beings 🕵

    GitHub – and GitHub users – can be kind of annoying sometimes. Here are a few tips to improve your day-to-day experience.

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    3 minute read
  18. ECMAScript Proposal for JavaScript Decorators
    (and protocols)

    There’s a JavaScript decorators proposal in the works.
    We take a look at how it works and why it’s useful.

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    12 minute read
  19. The npm Meltdown Uncovers Serious Security Risks

    Earlier this week, as almost everyone reading this article knows, npm experienced a brief service interruption where npm install would fail for heaps of popular packages …

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    8 minute read
  20. JavaScript Proposal for weak references: WeakRef

    A proposal to implement weak references in JavaScript – which would expose weak references made possible by WeakMap and WeakSet is currently sitting at stage 0.

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    6 minute read
  21. Making a Simple Site Work Offline with ServiceWorker

    I’ve been playing around with ServiceWorker a lot recently, so when Chris asked me to write an article about it I couldn’t have been more thrilled. …

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    15 minute read
  22. All Aboard the ES6 JavaScript Train

    The sixth ECMAScript specification has been finalized last june, and there’s a flurry of JavaScript features coming our way.

    I’ll be covering the most exciting new features.

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    12 minute read
  23. Proposal: “Statements as Expressions” using do

    A proposal for do statements has been classified as Stage 0 for a while, and it might be an interesting solution for some problems we can find in JavaScript.

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    5 minute read
  24. Proposal Draft for .flatten and .flatMap

    Array prototype may be getting .flatten and .flatMap methods may be coming to ECMAScript in a distant future. This article describes what the proposal holds in store.

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    8 minute read
  25. ECMAScript String Padding

    A first look into .padStart and .padEnd string methods drafted as proposals for implementation in ECMAScript.

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    8 minute read
  26. Understanding JavaScript’s async await

    Earlier this week we took a look at new features coming in ES2016. Today we’ll learn about async / await.

    The async / await feature didn’t make the cut for …

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    16 minute read
  27. ES2016 Features & ECMAScript as a Living Standard

    As it turns out, ES2016 – also known colloquially as ES7 – will be comprised of a very small feature set. This article explains the new features in ES2016.

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    5 minute read
  28. The Controversial State of JavaScript Tooling

    There have been many different blog posts on the “State of the Web”, problems people face around tooling, and similar-style musings of late. This article …

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    10 minute read
  29. Asynchronous I/O with Generators & Promises

    The article covers designing a JavaScript API to deal with asynchronous data inputs and outputs using generators to succinctly describe a set of operations. Promises can …

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    8 minute read
  30. Third Year in Review

    In what has now become somewhat of a tradition for me, I’m looking back on the past year and digging up stats about the blog and my career. This was definitely an …

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    6 minute read
  31. JavaScript Developer Survey Results

    The end of year is drawing close and the JavaScript Developer Survey has now ended. The survey received an unimagined amount of replies and I’m excited to share …

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    12 minute read
  32. JavaScript Developer Survey

    Following the footsteps of Alex R. Young and his retired dailyjs.com blog, I’ve put together a survey about JavaScript usage similar to those he used to host on …

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    a minute read
  33. Making a Progressive App with ServiceWorker

    In previous articles, you’ve learned about how to use ServiceWorker, the different strategies that you can leverage to serve content offline and faster, and all …

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    5 minute read
  34. ServiceWorker, MessageChannel, & postMessage

    Last week I wrote an article about a caching strategy for progressive networking that uses a cache first and then goes to the networking, sharing messages between web …

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    10 minute read
  35. ServiceWorker and Progressive Networking

    I’ve been toying with ServiceWorker for a while. The single most complicated issue when it comes to ServiceWorker has been dealing with caching in a …

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    9 minute read
  36. Subscribing to Pony Foo

    There’s a few different ways you can subscribe to read Pony Foo. What’s your favorite?

    Almost since day one you could follow Pony Foo using the RSS feed. …

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    2 minute read
  37. ServiceWorker: Revolution of the Web Platform

    While not the most amusingly named feature of the web platform, everything seems to point at ServiceWorker being the most significant addition to the web platform since …

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    19 minute read
  38. ES6 Overview in 350 Bullet Points

    My ES6 in Depth series consists of 24 articles covering most syntax changes and features coming in ES6. This article aims to summarize all of those, providing you with …

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    37 minute read
  39. Securing Your Web App in 3 Easy Steps

    I’ve recently upgraded Pony Foo to use the https protocol, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. It’s super easy to do so, and …

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    5 minute read
  40. Keeping Your npm Dependencies Immutable

    I’ve been bitten a few times by dependencies using semver ranges such as ^1.0.1 where the dependency introduced a “non-breaking” change that ended …

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    7 minute read