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 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…

Flux: Reduce Your Side Effects

(Note: we're using "reduce" strictly in the computer science sense in this article, lest anyone be confused.) Flux is awesome but there are still numerous open questions. One of the toughest, which everyone has to face sooner or later is: where do API calls belong? I am not really sure…

Flux: No More Stores, Meet Reducer

Flux has been with us for a while, and there are now countless frameworks based on the architecture. Some of them are just "syntactic sugar" while others depart significantly from the original idea. Personally I have never been a fan of any framework based on the Flux architecture, as its…