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Cypress (ala React, Front-end) is the beans…!

I’ve recently become an expert in Cypress (largely e2e testing, and for me/us largely ala React).  It is fantastic, and combines all the right techniques you know and love. I’ve spent years in Jest/Jasmine and other test/frameworks, and they lack so much.  But the reality is that testing front-end/GUI is just HARD!  It’s not like …

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New paper! Best Modern React Data Sharing Approaches

Too much confusion and far too complicated data-sharing use-cases cause many React developers to become more discouraged concerning how to share data between React components and classes while preserving one-flow direction and asynchronous updates to the UI often from server-side changes or companion components.  Even talented React developers do not truly understand ‘state’, ‘hooks’, ‘context’, …

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Special oddness with useState()/useEffect()

This is interesting/weird.  The following code does NOT work: const [refresh, setRefresh] = useState(10); useEffect(() => { setInterval(() => { console.log(“Timeout, refresh:”, refresh); setRefresh(refresh + 3); }, 1000); return list.unsubscribe; }, []); What happens is that each time the timer-interval goes off, the value of ‘refresh’ is still at 10. Why? The value goes to …

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A different approach to data-sharing of server data/lists across components.

  I ran into a new challenge when I was refactoring and organizing code and components into smaller reusable pieces.  I ran into a case where HOC-like approaches wont work, but perhaps an Inheritance model will, and settled on a much different approach. Let’s discuss the use case.  Imagine your server holds a list of …

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Some in-the-trenches tips/experiences with React/Jest (autotesting)

I love React, and mostly like Jest (and Jasmine and Java predecessors) but I will say: I spent a WAY MORE ENORMOUS time chasing simple debugging of jest scripts. Simple stuff. Why? I really dont know. It wasn’t designed for what I really want. It is designed for HUGE systems (like Citibank, Bank America, Amazon) …

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AWS and PEM madness–ever lost or hurt your PEM file?

Yeah, we all have. What I went thru many of you (I hope!) wont…but ever faced that “Lose your PEM file and you’re dead” from AWS? Been there. Turns out, it is survivable. AND do you even know what the files mean? I did not. It happens. Sometimes you lose or trash your PEM file …

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The new age of trust: Is it tech-enabled?

I grew up a bit in a fear of theft and crime, even though I was in a nice upper-class suburban ‘hood. I think (checking) the world different is today. We *might* have more trust than before. And why? Technology. Like many new-age-work-reformers, our life is the road. Yes, work-from-home (WFH) really means: work “wherever” …

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