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Thoughts on Front End Development 2017 Q1
This is a slightly belated follow up to "Thoughts on Front End Development in late 2016". The idea is to chronicle thoughts I've had between the last time I wrote about front-end development by quarter. I like to pretend this blog is about front-end development and not random hacks for emulators, pining for new Mac Pros and audio gadgetry.
- I finally used Docker on a project and its wonderful (I'll admit I did not do the tooling to set up the container). It'd be interesting to try and fold in the front end techs into a docker container.
- Chrome is kinda glitchy again when dealing with React. I've had better luck with code injection on Safari the past few weeks.
- • I set up Webpack for our two apps at my company. Webpack is mysterious (unlike piping in Gulp) but damn if it isn't necessary for React. I even saved the day for a coworker with custom fonts. It turned out to be configuring MIME types for font loading. It really shouldn't be this hard, but it is.
- I started on another side project like CSSFilterGenerator.com, and it'll be on React.
- I'm happy to work on another Django project. I wish I had more projects with Django.
- Drupal 8 should be headless and do away with its own goofball templating. Ship it with popular templating options.
- For the first time I'm (almost) full stacking a site (at my current job), with Expression Engine.
- The next step for React and me is getting into Redux.
- Windows 10 S makes me sad. It means Edge will gain market share. It's also pretty much an anti-pattern, desktops are open, and Windows best strength has been: its huge library of software. Limiting it to the Windows Store is pretty much terrible, sure its $50 to "unlock" it but if I were Apple, I'd be laughing myself to sleep.
- I wish Node apps idled better.
- Changing OS X to target tabs instead of new windows really has been a surprisingly big change in my day-to-day.
- Net Neutrality is on the ropes again... If there's ever an example of nepotism and a conflict of interest, its appointing Ajit Pai to run the FCC. We're living in a kleptocratic kakistocracy