Building Your Own React Clone in Five Easy Steps

React's ability to efficiently render declarative user interfaces can seem almost magical. Most developers probably have a rough idea of how it identifies changes and applies them using a "virtual DOM". But how many truly understand the details of what is happening behind the scenes? Fascinated by this question, I…

The Problem with Redux... And How to Fix It

Redux has emerged as the preeminent framework for building React-based web applications. It perfectly complements React's declarative views with a straightforward and elegant architecture that brings some of the best ideas of software engineering theory (immutable global state, functional programming, Event Sourcing, CQRS, etc.) into the web development mainstream. "There…

The Human Brain is a Vital Front-End Component

It was around 2011 and I was working for a small company with the ambitious goal of building the world's sexiest cloud CRM product. To build a great product, you need great technologies. Fortunately, one of my colleagues was a tech maven who tried hard to stay on top of…

Fine-Tuning AirBnB's ESLint Config

ESLint was launched in June 2013 and has rapidly become the most popular JavaScript linter. It offers a number of advantages over other linters including fine-grained, configurable rules and plugin support. This flexibility can also be a weakness, however, as you can easily get lost in the multitude of options.…