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Newsletter #6

This is newsletter #6 - about crafting (and) JavaScript - April 3rd, 2017. Every Monday you will receive a hand-selected collection of links about JavaScript and how to craft better software. Let's get started ...

JavaScript

In "Our Best Practices for Writing React Components" Scott Domes writes how he and his colleagues write React components. The post goes quite into detail about how to use what. I suggest pick what is useful and learn what is not. For those who enjoy reading discussion threads this is a treat too :).

WebStorm IDE has received some automation features for imports. We are getting closer to doing less tedious work, bit by bit. JetBrains announced it via twitter "Sort and clean up your imports with Optimize import (Ctrl-Alt-O) and new code options for JavaScript and TypeScript imports".

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications. To be honest, I didn't quite understand yet what it does. I saw the buzz around it. But I am not sure if it is just a scaffolding tool bundled with other tools, more or something different.

Angular version 4.0.0 - invisible-makeover - is now available. Did you think Angular2 is the latest? You are right, they just switched to semantic versioning, that's why v4 is a v2 :). I have never really used it, but Angular is relevant nowadays.

Crafting

The japanese railway staff uses a point-and-call system to prevent (or at least) reduce the number of errors they (can) make. They simply combine a physical action, the gesture (pointing) with their duty. For example a speed check is done by pointing at the speedometer and saying out loud "speed check, 80". Why? Read in this article. Is there anything we can learn from that for IT (business)?

[Martin] just reminded me about what pair programming is about. "Pair Programming strategy isnΒ΄t 'go faster', itΒ΄s 'waste less' (which often results in going faster)" - Kent Beck. Thanks for the [instructional drawing by Martin Ruprecht][rupis-tweets]. [rupis-tweets]: https://twitter.com/mrupilo/status/846966488254889984 [Martin]: https://twitter.com/mrupilo

Various

Josh Begley wrote an app that sends a push notification every time a US drone strikes. But that was not as easy as pushing it in the store, Apple has quite an opinion about it. Read an article about it.

If you can't make it this week to SoCraTes Canaries you might want to consider the 24th - 27th August 2017 in Soltau, Germany. The mother of all SoCraTes. An un-conference where people like you meet to discuss, shape and share everything regarding the craft of software engineering and more. I am going to the Canaries ;).