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2016 in review


Welcome to the 2016 “bullets” post (previous years). The phrase I used in visioning for this year  was “to rest in my own power.” WTF does that mean? Besides (imo) sounding very cool, I consider resting in my own power to be recognizing myself for my accomplishments, but also for my inherent worth and value. […]

async/await and why it’s so great


It took a while, but it happened … I ran into a problem that async/await solved! The problem Before we talk about async/await, let’s talk about problems where it makes sense. Let’s say we want to do asynchronous things. Because we live in the future (or use a transpiler), we write us a Promise: const […]

What I learned at Polymer Summit


This week, I spent 2 days at the Polymer Summit in London. I confess – I went mostly because I planned to be working remotely in London at the time, and this event was (!!) completely gratis (free, $0, £0, etc). At worst, I thought, I could eat for free and mooch some wifi. As someone […]

Object.assign is pretty rad!


It’s come up twice in the last couple of weeks, so I thought it might be a good time for a blog post! Object.assign? Ever passed around an Object and needed to modify a key? But you don’t want that modified object running around and causing other problems? There’s a cool useful web technology for […]

What is a melodica and why is it cool?


Last week I spoke at TacoJS on “Serverless, what is it even?” You can find the slides online. It’s pretty much the same as I did at BrooklynJS, and people liked it! If you’re interested in me bringing something along those lines to a conference you’re organizing, let me know. In other happenings, I also […]

Simple HTTP requests in Node (no packages)


This was surprisingly difficult to find, so I’m writing a wee blog post about it! I was working on a project recently (more on that soon!) and didn’t want to have any dependencies because $REASONS. And I needed to make some AJAX requests. Most of the time in Node, it seems that require(‘request’) or another […]

Checking out Create React App: Create React Apps without* Configuration!


I’ve recently used the create-react-app package a couple of times and I’m into it! The create-react-app package is an officially supported way to create an app with “a modern build setup with no configuration.” No configuration? Not really … from the user’s perspective, sure, but the configuration is just behind the scenes. Why? Ever thought […]

Thoughts on Cory Doctorow’s Keynote at HOPE XI


This past weekend, I (finally!) got to check out the HOPE conference. I missed two years ago to various work nonsense (mostly being guilt-tripped about requesting funding for a “weird community conference” … whatever haters!). Totally worth it! Had an excellent time, met up with some Recursers, and frequently visited the Cinnamon Snail. I took […]