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Evaluating JavaScript Open Source Packages

In almost every project there will come a point where you reach for an existing package to augment your source code to make it simpler, more robust, or to reduce the amount of maintenance. When you reach for a libary it is important to evaluate the different options available, on a number of…

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Upgrading Your JavaScript Project Dependencies

Why Should we Update? How often should we update? What is the best way to update? When should we not update? Why is updating hard? What makes it easier? Some time ago, I set off to answer the above questions. In my position at work we interact with a lot of developers on a number of different…

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Demystifying webpack - What's a Bundler doing?

In my introduction to this series on Demystifying Build Tools , I introduced the core concepts of webpack and babel. I've created a couple other posts on various facets of babel, like @babel/preset-env and babel plugins more generally . If you haven't read those, I'd highly recommend them…

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Demystifying Babel Plugins: A Debugging Story

In previous posts in this series, Build Tools Demystified and Demystifying @babel/preset-env I introduced the ideas I wanted to cover and then dove into @babel/preset-env to see what we could learn. In this post, I'm going to do a little more general treatment of babel plugins, though the…

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Five Thoughts From Getting Into Open Source Maintenance

Normally I wouldn't be writing, let alone publishing, a blog post on a Sunday since I typically spend time with Family or at Church. Today's a bit unique since I got stranded in Dallas due to a weather delay causing me to miss the connecting flight home last night. So, I'm a bit tired at this point…

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Demystifying @babel/preset-env

Ideally my post Build Tools Demystified helped to clarify some of the basic ideas in play when using babel and webpack. If not, please let me know things that can be clarified or added further! I'd love to have this series by helpful to someone outside of the talk I give based on it. I know for me…

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Build Tools Demystified - My Thoughts

Hi again! Another prep post for a work talk I'm giving. The talk isn't until the start of October, so if you're reading this post after that point I hope it helps you. This one will probably be followed up by another one that takes a more "talk in a post" approach, whereas this one will be "thoughts…

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