Webpack: When To Use And Why

TL;DR It took me a long time to understand Webpack and how it fits in the build process. This is what I wish someone had told me. What is Webpack? How does Webpack compare to Grunt, Gulp, Browserify, Brunch, etc? What's a "development server?" What on earth is require(…

A Better Git Blame

TL;DR git blame rarely gives helpful results. Instead use specific flags on git log to find the true author of a change. What Does git blame Actually Do? git blame searches the commit history to find the last person who modified a line of code. Some editors have this…

IRC: The Secret Weapon of Developers

TL;DR When I was a junior developer, I wish I knew about Internet Relay Chat. Use IRC to get fast answers to tricky problems. If you haven't used it before, please read the etiquette guide below. IRC? IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. It's a protocol, like HTTP. IRC…

How to Create Custom iTerm2 Window Arrangments

TL;DR Create a custom keyboard shorcut to automatically spawn a set of windows and splits with processes running. iTerm2 is very useful software, but this process is complicated. I've attempted to document known pitfalls. How to Create a Custom Window Arrangement Close all iTerm2 windows. We'll be using the…

You Wouldn't Understand

TL;DR Err on the side of believing someone who has experienced something you haven't, even if you initially disagree with it. Knowing vs. Understanding The "Smarter Every Day" YouTube Channel released a remarkable video, The Backwards Bicycle. It features a bicycle with a gear that reverses the action of…

The ReactJS Controller View Pattern

TL;DR Making a top level component that holds all state and passes it to children as props is really nice. Not to be confused with MVC, a "view controller" or "controller view" is a top level component that holds all state and passes it to children as props. For…