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Author: Wes Bos & Scott Tolinski - Full Stack JavaScript Web Developers

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Full Stack Developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski dive deep into web development topics, explaining how they work and talking about their own experiences. They cover from JavaScript frameworks like React, to the latest advancements in CSS to simplifying web tooling.
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In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about Gihub Actions — what they do, why you might be interested in them, best practices and more! LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Show Notes 2:30 - What are Github Actions? 4:40 - Examples of Github Actions 6:02 - Will Github Actions replace continuous integration services? 9:19 - Libraries Links Codeship Github Actions nextdiff Figma Action Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
It’s another potluck! In this episode Scott and Wes talk about tabs vs spaces, coding music, SEO, React vs Angular vs Vue vs Svelte, Rapping, Soy sauce and more! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 3:18 - Q: I am potentially starting a job as an Angular developer (modern angular). But I am scared that, even though I will continue to stay on the cutting edge in my personal projects, using Angular in my job will make it harder to get a job after that in more modern tech like React. Do you think there is any truth to this? 5:30 - Q: Yo guys, saw soy sauce stirred up quite the controversy…lol. What are some big developer disagreements you guys have? 11:40 - Q: In JavaScript, ! == is the same as ! =, but I was told there was a slight technical difference. I cannot find what the difference is. Could you elaborate on this? 14:17 - Q: What are the rules on using another dev’s repos as a boiler plate? Example: Using Wes’s advanced react starter files to utilize his set up for my own project? 15:35 - Q: What music do you listen to while you code? As an extension, could we crowd source a dev playlist and host it on Spotify? 20:26 - Q: How do you go about working with different technologies and stacks (front-end related) when you have to accommodate for the client or other developers’ biases towards specific things. For example, you have to learn a different set of tools because in a new project someone doesn’t like what you use and says X is a better tool for the job. 23:11 - Q: I know there is no magic SEO silver bullet, but what are some best practices for implementing SEO into your website or web application? 27:26 - Q: When dealing with responsive sites, how do you go about respecting the request in iOS safari to show desktop sites? 28:45 - Q: I get confused about your usage of the word ‘app’. You don’t make iPhone or Android apps, but you often through the word around like “I would create a Node App”, or “Some of the apps I made” etc. Is it just website applications, or how exactly should I interpret “Node App” or “Web App” compared to a mobile app? 31:36 - Q: I wanted to ask your thoughts on transform class properties plugin from Babel? Heard the podcast on react state, I found it mind blowing when setting everything up without constructors. 36:53 - Q: I am a beginner, I have mostly learned front-end so far (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, React). Should I first get pretty good at these before I start learning some back-end? Or, should I actually start learning back-end now and have a basic knowledge of both front-end and back-end? 39:00 - Q: If for some reason React died today and you were no longer able to use it, which framework would you pick up and use full time? Would it be Vue or Angular? Or something new like Svelte? 40:11 - Q: What habits, strategies, or specific tools do you rely on to prevent your hard drives from filling up with useless files? find . -name "node_modules" -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}' + 47:20 - Q: Which JS library is most like the Tesla Cybertruck? Links Tailwind CSS Syntax Spotify Playlist Head Bob Spotify Playlist Retired Scenester Metalcore Spotify Playlist DaisyDisk CleanMyMac Backblaze Tesla Cybertruck RxJS SynthWave '84 VS Code Theme RoboCopJS ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Keychron K1 Mechanical Keyboard Wes: Everlane Uniform Crew Neck Shameless Plugs Scott: Black Friday Sale on All Courses Wes: Beginner Javascript Course Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about new CSS Logical Properties. Hasura - Sponsor Hasura is an open source real-time GraphQL engine. It connects to your databases & microservices and instantly gives you a production-ready GraphQL API. Check it out at Hasura.io. Show Notes 2:27 - The Box Model 5:32 - Grid and Flexbox 10:17 - Widths and Heights 11:20 - Text Align Links New CSS Logical Properties! Elad Shechter Adam Argyle Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
Show 200!

Show 200!

2019-11-2701:13:543

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes celebrate 200 episodes of Syntax with a live Q&A! LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Sanity - Sponsor Sanity.io is a real-time headless CMS with a fully customizable Content Studio built in React. Get a Sanity powered site up and running in minutes at sanity.io/create. Get an awesome supercharged free developer plan on sanity.io/syntax. Show Notes 2:27 - With 2020 around the corner, what are your wild predictions for the the future of web design and development? 8:44 - Are site builders going to replace us as web developers? 13:30 - What does the future look like for Syntax? 19:01 - What emerging tech advancements most excite you for the next 5-10 years? 23:27 - What is the future of web hosting? What should hosting companies do differently? 27:40 - Why do you set your base font size to 10px? 32:40 - If you could go back in time, what would you say to yourself? 36:29 - How do you make an iFrame go 100% high? 39:10 - What’s one thing you see developers stress out about for no reason? 44:46 - Do you feel overwhelmed with creating new content when there’s so much already out there? 48:42 - How do you stay sane with your naming conventions? 51:15 - If Gatsby is best for static websites and Next is best for apps, how does Create React App compare? 54:30 - How much is too much or too little magic in a framework or library? 58:11 - Does Kait ever get tired of you buying a bunch of stuff? 61:45 - What is your office setup? 64:01 - How long until we can use Suspense for data loading with libraries other than Relay? Links Pigeonhole Keystone VulcanJS NextJS Gatsby Meteor Wix Squarespace Modulz Figma Sketch Framer Netlify dnsimple Digital Ocean AWS Heroku Syntax016: Rems vs Ems Seth Godin Notion Laravel Blaze Relay SWR Suspense Project Farm YouTube Channel ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: The Missing Crypto Queen Wes: Bosch Wiper Blades Shameless Plugs Scott: React and Typescript Wes: Beginner Javascript Black Friday Sale - Get 50% off! Scott’s Courses Wes’ Courses Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about making courses — techniques, best practices, things to avoid, and more! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Show Notes 3:07 - Validating your ideas 4:44 - Generating ideas 6:38 - Figuring out which ideas will stick 10:00 - Show your expertise 14:02 - Pay attention to what’s popular 15:50 - Collect email addresses Links Microsoft Excel Stream Highlights Refactoring UI Adam Wathan Steve Schoger Scott’s Svelte 3 course Wes’ Sublime Text articles Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about how to get better at problem solving — one of the most important skills to build as a developer. Netlify - Sponsor Netlify is the best way to deploy and host a front-end website. All the features developers need right out of the box: Global CDN, Continuous Deployment, one click HTTPS and more. Hit up netlify.com/syntax for more info. Prismic - Sponsor Prismic is a Headless CMS for your next front end project. Create complex content type, relate data, and have your clients edit it all with the Prismic UI. Then pull the data into your project with their JSON or GraphQL API. Try it out with your next project - Gatsby, React + Apollo, or any other language. Check out their examples to get you started at Prismic.io/syntax. Show Notes 2:43 - Gather info What is this thing trying to do? Use tools DevTools are your best friend during this phase 8:01 - Know where to look (and use tools) Dev tools for client side Error logs Sentry LogRocket The most experienced people in any field know how to ask the right questions. Some of this will come with experience and nothing else. If you’ve seen a problem before, it’s easier to solve. 10:00 - Look at the end game What are you really trying to do here? Don’t focus so much on the tech that you miss the bigger picture. 13:17 - Read Again Error logs provide the best clues. Read them closely. Actually read your code — don’t skim it. Write comments while reading it, or follow existing comments — good for documenting, but also for structuring your thoughts. 18:08 - Make it simple (break it into smaller parts) Limit the number of inputs and outputs Get it working in a limited capacity (e.g. safe mode, Codepen, etc.) Comment out major sections of code until you have a working example Does this problem exist outside of the framework? Does this work in a clean environment? 25:35 - Take yourself out of your environment You should be able to take a look at the problem at all zoom levels Does it work locally but not on the server? Does it work in other browsers? 27:32 - Stay calm It’s easy to get nervous or worked up when the stakes are high It won’t serve you to panic. If you are panicking, take a 10 min walk to deep breath Take a shower, lift weights (seriously) 30:14 - Talk it over Getting the perspective of another developer can be invaluable 32:28 - Make things obvious Use debugger or label logs — don’t let it be ambiguous For CSS bugs, use primary colors to make things stand out Use the right tool to make the problem stand out Layers for CSS issues Network for network issues Performance tab (etc.) 35:12 - Use Git correctly to free up your techniques If you’re code commits are up to date, you can heavily modify code without fear of deleting things — just revert to a previous commit once you find the issue and fix. 36:10 - Don’t jump at solutions Take the time to fully dissect the problem Question you assumptions It can’t possibly be a problem with ____. Well maybe it is. Wes once spent hours trying to diagnose a check engine light when the gas cap was lose. 43:51 - Get good at pattern matching This comes with experience When did this problem start? Did we deploy any code? Did we change any logic? 44:54 - Get good at googling Being able to describe your problem is key. Search the error from Firefox Links DevTools Sentry LogRocket CodePen Syntax 154: SVGs with Sara Soueidan @walpolea Syntax 152: Debugging Tools + Tips @bowlendev @dan_abramov Ryan Dahl on creating Node.js @LaurieonTech Firefox DuckDuckGo ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Jeremy Ethier Youtube Channel Wes: Marpac Rohm Sound Machine Shameless Plugs Scott: Typescript in React Course - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: Beginner Javascript Course Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about tips for writing good CSS. Sizzy - Sponsor Sizzy - The browser made for developers and designers. Stop manually resizing your browser window and switching between devices so you can test responsive design. Speed up your workflow by developing and previewing your website on multiple devices at once. Sizzy includes powerful features and plugins that will help you take your web development game to the next level. Sizzy.co. Show Notes 4:08 - Use a system 4:50 - Use overrides and cascading Embrace the cascade Don’t rewrite the same CSS over and over again Understand why scoping is good 9:07 - Nail down typography early You can always revisit if it isn’t what you need 10:36 - Pick a pattern and stick to it BEM Functional CSS CSS in JS 14:39 - Don’t style based on element type (kind of) — a class should describe the component 17:09 - Good naming techniques Describe what it is, not what it looks like Thing ThingChild ThingChild-modifier Scale sizes (e.g. s, m, l, xl) 21:43 - Other tips Group like CSS together Chunk into different files Write good comments CSS properties FTW Links Stylus Webpack Parcel Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about design foundations for developers — tips to follow that will make your designs better! Sanity - Sponsor Sanity.io is a real-time headless CMS with a fully customizable Content Studio built in React. Get a Sanity powered site up and running in minutes at sanity.io/create. Get an awesome supercharged free developer plan on sanity.io/syntax. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 6:35 - Our backgrounds in design 12:41 - Foundations Consistency makes a big difference Use “training wheel” tools until you are confident Always work within a system Less is more - subtle is better 19:39 - Color Color theory Complementary colors and shades Stick to color pallet generators until you are good enough 28:51 - Spacing More spacing than you think you need Vertical rhythm Letter spacing: -1px Consistent margin and padding 34:47 - Typography Sans vs serifs Finding fonts Use proven combinations until you know your way around 41:49 - Interaction Design for all states (e.g. standard, visited, active, hover, etc.) Animations should be quick Interactions should make sense 45:04 - Concerns beyond visuals Accessibility via color contrast Thin fonts and light grey are awful Think about the poor Windows users 48:47 - Inspiration + Resources Take inspiration from the best — you’ll find your own voice after enough work Go easy on trends - blobby characters with purple hair Take a trip around the world wide web Stripe Dribbble Site Inspire codrops Refactoring UI Links Designer Starter Pack - Andrea Crofts LastPass Colour Lovers Syntax 142: Travis Neilson on Skills Gap, Design, Focus and Working at Google Bloomberg Dropbox FontPair FontJoy Figma - Google Font Pairings Type Scale Creative Market Radnika Next Stripe Dribbble Syntax 72: Accessibility Firefox Site Inspire codrops Refactoring UI Adam Wathan Steve Schoger ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Reelgood Wes: Magnesium Shameless Plugs Scott: FullStack React with NextJS - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: Beginner Javascript Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about domain names — buying and selling, best practices and more! LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Show Notes 2:50 - Buying a domain 10:47 - Selling a domain 13:50 - Transferring a domain Links who.is GoDaddy JavaScript.co BeginnerJavaScript.com LearnNode.com BeginnerJS.com KitBos.com Cloudflare Learn.li Learnli.co Escrow.com Hover Bob.com Sedo.com Park.io Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
It’s another potluck! In this episode, Scott and Wes answer your questions about Gatsby vs Next, Google Home and privacy, flat file CMS, working with designers, CSS frameworks and more! Netlify - Sponsor Netlify is the best way to deploy and host a front-end website. All the features developers need right out of the box: Global CDN, Continuous Deployment, one click HTTPS and more. Hit up netlify.com/syntax for more info. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 6:15 - Q: Curious if you would ever consider running your course platform on Gatsby instead of NextJs? If not, what dynamic content would prevent you from doing so? 10:48 - Q: What’s the difference between a software developer and a software engineer, in your opinion? 13:11 - Q: How do you deal with designers who design without any thought about how dev will implement it? 15:46 - Q: I saw that Wes has an example in one of his slides where the Array prototype is written onto the Nodelist prototype. Is this safe enough for production as it overrides all regular NodeList behavior? 19:18 - Q: In a potluck episode you mentioned that you do not host your clients’ website. If you don’t host you clients’ website how do you usually go about handling clients that are less tech savvy? Or do you avoid those types of clients? 21:30 - Q: I know you guys (especially Wes) have been pretty insistent recently on not hosting clients’ sites yourself, but what do you guys think about continuously hosting client sites with a service like Netlify? It’s highly unlikely to go down and scales all for you, so it might be a bit of reoccurring income if you bill them yearly for the minimal Netlify fees. 24:44 - Q: I was listening to your episode on “The Smart Home” and I’m very interested in buying a Google Home Mini myself. However, I cannot stop thinking about the privacy implications of an always listening device around the house. What are your thoughts on this topic and on privacy related to online services in general? 29:08 - Q: What are your thoughts about using a CMS that uses flat files vs one that uses a traditional MySQL or Postgres database for a company blog that won’t have insane traffic? We’re currently evaluating Grav CMS and Craft CMS. 32:17 - Q: Have you used data attributes as custom elements in CSS and JS? 37:32 - Q: Why do so many people jump on styled-components/CSS in JS? Are these all people who have never used Sass/SCSS?! It seems like such a PITA to get Sass working with either of these. It feels like coding tables vs HTML 5. To me it seems like a step backwards. 44:26 - Q: When do you, if ever, reach for a component library, like Material or Bootstrap? Currently working a corporate job where it’s almost expected to use one of these for all internal applications. I usually prefer to make my own, but I’m wondering if I’m just making my life more difficult than it needs to be? Any advice? 48:30 - Q: Could you guys chat about Git clients and which ones you guys use and why? Or are you guys hardcore terminal geeks? Links Gatsby Next.js Bling.js Syntax 118: The Smart Home Grav CMS Craft CMS prismic Sanity Contentful Tiny CMS Forestry Airdale Chemical Material Bootstrap VS Code ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: HeavySet - Gym Workout Log Wes: Baroness Von Sketch Shameless Plugs Scott: FullStack React with NextJS - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: Beginner Javascript Course Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
Hasty Treat - Spooky Stories

Hasty Treat - Spooky Stories

2019-11-0400:21:151

In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes bring you more web dev horror stories! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Show Notes 2:26 - Perf Woes 3:42 - Always Backup Your Backups 4:54 - Kill Children 6:03 - Robots Don’t Eat Food 8:32 - Email Goof Up 9:44 - Hundreds of Thousands of Date Issues 10:46 - Spooky August 12:32 - You’re up to .bat 13:17 - Printed Code 15:12 - ThinkGeek 16:12 - It would take a while to Ketchup on all these orders 17:05 - This story makes me want to stick my head in async Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about web dev horror stories — things you can only hope will never happen to you! LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Sanity - Sponsor Sanity.io is a real-time headless CMS with a fully customizable Content Studio built in React. Get a Sanity powered site up and running in minutes at sanity.io/create. Get an awesome supercharged free developer plan on sanity.io/syntax. Show Notes 2:09 - Scott’s Disastrous Git Clean 4:35 - Magic Updates the Gathering 8:52 - YAAAAS 9:37 - Token Trouble 12:16 - jQuery Plugins 15:22 - Success! 18:00 - Parental Advisory 21:47 - Students Changing Grades 22:46 - Lorem Sh!tsum 26:22 - Drowning in a Waterfall 28:53 - Magneto Upgrades 30:00 - JOHN CENA 33:24 - Migration Migraine 35:39 - Primary Key Nightmare 36:26 - The $20,000 YAML formatter Links Adam J. Sontag jQuery GitLab Gitlab Database Incident Magento Meteor ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Dyson Hand Vacuum Wes: /r/ AbsoluteUnits Shameless Plugs Scott: Fullstack React with JS9 - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott talks about moving to iPhone — his experiences with both Android and iOS, the advantages and disadvantages of both, and more! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Show Notes 1:59 - My device history OG Droid → Nexus → Pixel Misconceptions of android It’s Windows for phones It’s cheaper or not as nice 5:03 - Why switch? 6:39 - Who wins what? Android Homescreen Low light photography Usability Squeeze assistant Google search integrated everywhere Search Keyboard Notification iOS Apps Performance Camera overall Device quality Fun stuff Haptics Links 1Password LastPass Gboard Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Brad Touesnard of Delicious Brains about migrating, deploying, and hosting WordPress. Netlify - Sponsor Netlify is the best way to deploy and host a front-end website. All the features developers need right out of the box: Global CDN, Continuous Deployment, one click HTTPS and more. Hit up netlify.com/syntax for more info. Hasura - Sponsor Hasura is an open-source GraphQL engine that helps you instantly setup a scalable and realtime GraphQL backend. Hasura makes your team super productive by dynamically composing a schema backed by databases and services that you can securely query from frontend clients. Get started at hasura.io to try it out in 30 seconds! Show Notes 3:50 - Why did start Delicious Brains? 5:25 - What plugins does Delicious Brains make? 11:40 - Migrating WordPress 16:50 - Migrating databases 24:20 - How do you do version control with WordPress? 37:06 - What’s the easiest way to deploy and host WordPress? 40:23 - What are some examples of managed WordPress hosts? 46:58 - What does your deployment process look like from beginning to end? 50:22 - Thoughts on headless WordPress 53:12 - Is serverless WordPress a thing? Links Delicious Brains WP Migrate DB Pro WP Offload Media WP Offload SES SpinupWP Heroku Now.sh WP Engine Flywheel Advanced Custom Fields Composer WP Packagist WordPress.org React Laravel Pagely Kinsta GoDaddy WordPress.com SiteFround Buddy Digital Ocean Laravel Forge npm Codeship Gatsby Laravel Vapor Installing via Composer WordPress deployment workflow Managing your WordPress site with Git and Composer ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Brad: Teppanyaki Grill Scott: Succession and The Righteous Gemstones Wes: Magnatiles Shameless Plugs Brad: All Products Scott: Svelte For Beginners - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about server side rendering — what it is, how to use it, best practices, things to avoid, and more! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Show Notes 3:20 - What is SSR? 4:16 - Why SSR at all? 8:39 - Platforms that do SSR out of the box 11:18 - Gotchas useLayoutEffect import { useEffect, useLayoutEffect } from 'react' const useIsoLayoutEffect = typeof window !== 'undefined' ? useLayoutEffect : useEffect export default useIsoLayoutEffect 18:20 - Tools Links Next.js Gatsby Webpack Parcel Meteor React NoSSR component Syntax 127: Hasty Treat - React Suspense Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about server side fundamentals — the important things you should know if you’re interested in diving into server side. Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 2:53 - Requests and responses 9:21 - What is a server? 10:33 - Ports 13:50 - Database connection and interaction 15:16 - Cookies and sessions 15:48 - Writing files and directory permissions 19:34 - Headers 22:13 - Error Handling 22:50 - Logs 25:04 - Async data handling 26:33 - Routing 30:44 - Mime types 36:26 - Authentication 37:49 - Environmental variables 40:37 - Deployment 43:24 - Advanced Links GraphQL Node React For Beginners Next.js Meteor Papertrail pjax jQuery Github iMazing HEIC Converter Now.sh Netlify Twitter streaming API B is for Build ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Samcrac YouTube Channel Wes: Wyze Plugs Shameless Plugs Scott: Svelte For Beginners - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about their experiences with float tanks! LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Show Notes 2:28 - What is a float tank? 6:47 - What are the benefits? 8:50 - How did you feel during the float? 17:28 - Would you do it again? Links The Joe Rogan Experience Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
It’s another potluck! In this episode, Scott and Wes answer your questions about freelancing, handing off projects to other developers, terminal configs, podcast apps, how much flexbox is too much flexbox, npm dependencies, and more! Sanity - Sponsor Sanity.io is a real-time headless CMS with a fully customizable Content Studio built in React. Get a Sanity powered site up and running in minutes at sanity.io/create. Get an awesome supercharged free developer plan on sanity.io/syntax. Netlify - Sponsor Netlify is the best way to deploy and host a front-end website. All the features developers need right out of the box: Global CDN, Continuous Deployment, one click HTTPS and more. Hit up netlify.com/syntax for more info. Show Notes 3:49 - Q: I’m interested in freelancing full-time and have some projects, big and small, lined up over the next few months to work on the side. How much work is a good amount of work to transition into freelancing full-time? 9:52 - Q: How much flexbox is too much flexbox? Is it a bad idea to use a dozen flexboxes for a viewport-filling application? 13:19 - Q: Can you explain the “potential” benefit of resetting CSS and whether it’s necessary? In which circumstances should we use such an approach? 15:26 - Q: I would love to hear an episode, or potluck segment, about your shell/fish/zsh configs. Maybe explain little tweaks you’ve made and why you’ve chosen the shell you use. 23:26 - Q: I always get confused on when and how to use .bind() method. Any pointers on when I should use .bind(), like in what situations? I also see it used a lot in React apps, but have no idea why they are using it. Could you explain this in detail? 27:02 - What are your suggestions for handing off client sites for freelance work? I don’t take many contracts (I have another full time job) but I’ll take one here or there during summer to supplement a little bit. I’m finding it difficult to make a clean hand-off when the project is finished. The contractual requirements are met and like anything, there are always tweaks to be made. I’ll handle some minor deployment issues without billing, but I struggle with where to draw the line. What suggestions do you have? 35:19 - This question is for Wes. I live in Central New York, and every time I go on the highway heading north or south I see several Ontario license plates. Where are ya’ll going all the time? Is there a secret Canadian spot down here? 38:20 - Each time I re-open an old project I lose so much time with npm dependencies being outdated and it drives me mad! I’m starting to dislike npm and everything around it, but is it npm only? How does other languages like php, python or GO handle this mess of dependencies? Are we better today than yesterday and I’m just complaining about nothing? 43:50 - Which podcast player do you use (Android, PC, or other phone/tablet), and why? Where do you listen to them? Links Flexbox React Native CSS Grid Normalize iTerm2 zsh Fish Hyper Wes’ Command Line Power User Course Overcast Pocket Casts Planet Money Joe Rogan The Indicator ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Garmin vivoactive 3 Wes: Untitled Goose Game Shameless Plugs Scott: Svelte For Beginners - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: Wes’ Instagram Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about feature and release planning — dealing with bugs, task management, best practices, and more! Sentry - Sponsor If you want to know what’s happening with your errors, track them with Sentry. Sentry is open-source error tracking that helps developers monitor and fix crashes in real time. Cut your time on error resolution from five hours to five minutes. It works with any language and integrates with dozens of other services. Syntax listeners can get two months for free by visiting Sentry.io and using the coupon code “tastytreat”. Show Notes 4:06 - Wes: Features are logged into software (Github, Jira, etc.) I use a Kanban board - I bubble them up and down in the order in which I want to release them I don’t plan for Q1, Q1, etc… Tear off an issue, tackle it, test and deploy. 10:39 - Scott: All issues/features get a priority tag (e.g. p1 → p4) regardless of the system Bugs go in Github Features and platform improvements go in Notion Table of priorities (with git branch, lead dev, release number, emoji icon, what it contains, etc.) Links Github Trello Kanban Jira Canny Notion Getting Things Done Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
In this episode, Scott and Wes talk with Etienne Lemay, developer of Missive, about his experience building Missive, best practices, and the pros and cons of building desktop and mobile apps with a single codebase. LogRocket - Sponsor LogRocket lets you replay what users do on your site, helping you reproduce bugs and fix issues faster. It’s an exception tracker, a session re-player and a performance monitor. Get 14 days free at logrocket.com/syntax. Freshbooks - Sponsor Get a 30 day free trial of Freshbooks at freshbooks.com/syntax and put SYNTAX in the “How did you hear about us?” section. Show Notes 0:57 - What is Missive? 6:10 - What is the desktop app built in? 9:44 - Did you use any particular libraries for the front-end? 11:44 - How are you managing state? 13:37 - Is it challenging to do all of this in JS? 15:07 - What was the catalyst for the “multi-conversation swipe”? 21:32 - What is the mobile app built in? 24:00 - What are the advantages of Cordova? 30:30 - How do you manage offline/syncing/etc. so well in a JS app? 34:56 - How do you test it? 36:52 - Have you looked into Cypress? 39:35 - How do you style it? Links @EtienneLem Missive Spark CoffeeScript Backbone Redux Typescript Electron Webpack Javascript30 Cordova React Native Fastlane Amazon S3 Cypress Sass TailwindCSS Svelte Syntax 176: Building Steam Games with React ××× SIIIIICK ××× PIIIICKS ××× Scott: Disgraceland Podcast Wes: Wagner 590 Spray Gun Etienne: Prettier Shameless Plugs Scott: Svelte Course Coming Soon! - Sign up for the year and save 25%! Wes: All Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off! Etienne: Missive Tweet us your tasty treats! Scott’s Instagram LevelUpTutorials Instagram Wes’ Instagram Wes’ Twitter Wes’ Facebook Scott’s Twitter Make sure to include @SyntaxFM in your tweets
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Samane Yaghoobi

Such a Great subject for the show!

Nov 28th
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eric wyns

hey guys i got a question. Have you ever coded while drunk/high?? #420 #darkpurp

Sep 26th
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Hitesh Batra

lots of good stuff to listen. thanks for this podcast

Aug 21st
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Akshay Kumar

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Aug 9th
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Vanessa Naja

Loved this episode. When will you do the hooks follow up episode?

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Al Gaines

One of my favorite episodes. Thanks for the great info, guys!

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Trizo Za

Brilliant again.

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Tiago Mesquita

using it to learn English. 😅

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Trizo Za

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Anthony Rossi

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Peter Cruckshank

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Dec 27th
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Peter Cruckshank

Congrats on 100 episodes of the best podcast out there!!!

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Never miss one. Great stuff fellas.

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