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Learning functional programming made me a 10x better developer

Functional programming is one of the most powerful ways to learn how to write clean and scalable code. I truly believe every software developer could benefit with a little bit of foundational knowledge in functional programming.

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What programming language should I pick? Should I focus on front-end? Back-end?

Anyone who has embarked on this journey to learn how to code has came across this question. Your first thought might have been to google it. Next thing you know, you realize that the internet is filled with lots of good opinions. Too many good opinions.

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I’ve done programming tutorials. Now what?

So, you decided to learn to code and maybe went through a few online tutorials. You know a lot of different things — syntax, conditionals, classes, prototypes, etc.But what’s next? You actually want to build something, but it feels like you’re not able to put everything together. What do you do next?

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Should I go back to school to get a Computer Science degree?

Everyone’s circumstances are different— including timing, affordability, job obligations, family responsibilities, and so much more.Therefore, while I don’t have a silver bullet answer to this question, I’ll share how I evaluated this decision for myself.

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An interview with Chris Coyier of CodePen & CSS-Tricks

“It’s hard to know if the decisions you’ve made are the right decisions. Maybe there was a decision that I made that was entirely wrong, and I don’t even know it yet. You can’t A/B test the past.”

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An interview with MooTools contributors

MooTools was a well-known JavaScript utility library for building “powerful and flexible code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent APIs”. Its core contributing team was made up of a brilliant set of developers, and we’re lucky today to be speaking with three of them.

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The great programming jargon bake-off

Imperative vs. Declarative. Pure vs. Impure. Static vs. Dynamic.Terminology like this is sprinkled throughout programming blog posts, conference talks, papers, and text books. But don’t be turned off by this jargon. Let’s jump right in and break some of these concepts down...

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Why use static types in JavaScript? Should we use them or not?

The first programming languages I learned were JavaScript and Python, both of which are dynamically-typed languages. But my foray into static types have added a whole new dimension to how I think about programming.

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Why use static types in JavaScript? The Advantages and Disadvantages

Static types offer many benefits when writing programs. Let’s explore a few of them.

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Why use static types in JavaScript? (A 3-part primer on static typing with Flow)

As a JavaScript developer, you can code all day long without encountering any static types. So why bother learning about them?Well it turns out learning types isn’t just an exercise in mind-expansion. If you’re willing to invest some time in learning about static types’ advantages, disadvantages, and use cases, it could help your programming immensely.

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What does it mean when code is “easy to reason about”?

You’ve probably heard the expression “easy to reason about” enough times to make your ears bleed. The first time I heard this expression, I had no idea what the person meant by it. Does it mean functions that are easy to understand? Does it mean functions that work properly? Does it mean functions that are easy to analyze?

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Internationalization in React

Internationalization is a big problem. If you want your application to make a worldwide impact, you have to deal with language barriers. Unfortunately, the road from “Your funds will arrive by July 7th” to “Vos fonds arriveront le 7 Juillet” is far from simple. Before your application can succeed outside the English-speaking world...

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Let’s learn JavaScript closures

Closures are a fundamental JavaScript concept that every serious programmer should know inside-out. The Internet is packed with great explanations of “what” closures are, but few deep-dives into the “why” side of things. I find that understanding the internals ultimately gives developers a stronger grasp of their tools...

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JavaScript Modules Part 2: Module bundling

On a high level, module bundling is simply the process of stitching together a group of modules (and their dependencies) into a single file (or group of files) in the correct order. As with all aspects of web development, the devil is in the details. :) Why bundle modules at all?

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A beginner-friendly introduction to Containers, VMs and Docker

If you’re a programmer or techie, chances are you’ve at least heard of Docker: a helpful tool for packing, shipping, and running applications within “containers." While the Internet is full of excellent usage guides for Docker, I couldn’t find many beginner-friendly conceptual guides, particularly on what a container is made up of. So, hopefully, this post will solve that problem :)

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JavaScript Modules: A beginner’s guide

If you’re a newcomer to JavaScript, jargon like “module bundlers vs. module loaders,” “Webpack vs. Browserify” and “AMD vs. CommonJS” can quickly become overwhelming. The JavaScript module system may be intimidating, but understanding it is vital for web developers.

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You don’t have to be a programming wizard to build an open-source library

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about programming over the last few months, it’s that you don’t have to be a programming wizard to build something useful.Case in point: My teammates Banun Idris, Colin Seale and I spent the last couple of weeks building our first open-source library.

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Documentation is scary for newcomers

Documentation can be incredibly scary for newcomers. It certainly was for me — I avoided docs like the plague. I was frustrated by the difficult jargon and overwhelmed by all the new concepts. Like many newcomers, I relied on blog posts and tutorials to walk me through issues, only cracking open the documentation when truly desperate.

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Going from jQuery Spaghetti to MVC

There comes a time in every developer’s life when jQuery welcomes her into its dark underworld. That point when her code does gymnastics on the page, but collapses to a tangled mess underneath. You could hit the wall with this anywhere in your career. “Is this the norm?” you ask yourself.

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Debugging: A fact of life

One of the things I’m realizing as I progress is that a significant chunk of my time as a developer is spent debugging. When I first started coding I had this misconception that the better I got, the less time I’d spend going back to fix errors. I imagined clicking away on the keyboard, shredding through code. Boy was I wrong.

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A full-stacked journey

My journey into software development has officially begun.I spent the past week putting in 12-hour days at Hack Reactor, an immersive coding program here in sunny (cloudy?) San Francisco. After 6 straight days of Sublime Text, Stacks, Queues, Hash tables, Graphs, Prototypal chains, Scopes, Closures, the keyword “this,” I’m so cross-eyed I can barely see the screen.

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Don’t become a programmer like me

I recently stumbled upon this Quora post by a concerned parent asking for advice in discouraging her daughter from becoming a programmer. At first glance, I was furious. I couldn’t fathom why a parent would purposely crush her daughter’s dreams of entering an exciting and challenging profession...

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