New with ES6, we have an additional way to write function expressions in our code – as arrow functions. This new syntax offers 3 main benefits:
- They are much more concise than regular function expressions/definitions
- They have implicit returns, which allow us to write single-line expressions (much like we can do with conditionals and the ternary operator)
- The value of
this is lexically bound, meaning that it is not re-bound when you use an arrow function inside of another function – which is very helpful for asynchronous callbacks
As of ES6, we have two new ways to define variables, in addition to the classic
var keyword. Each are a little bit different in their own way and I’ll break down those differences in this article.
What is Web Storage and when would you use it?
There are instances where storing data in a users browser can be really helpful. Up until somewhat recently, saving the state of the application locally in the browser via Cookies was the main way to achieve this. Cookies have limitations, however. For example, their max size (4093 bytes) and the fact that they have to me transmitted with every request.
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Recently I’ve been digging into React.js. Some my awesome co-workers are experimenting and utilizing the library in some pretty cool ways, so it really sparked my interest. As a result, I’ve collected a little list of bookmarks that I thought was worth sharing.
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For quite some time, I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Grunt.js: What it does for automating tasks in the development process; how it is so configurable; the fact that it is open source and driven by such a great community of developers; and how much easier it is to configure compared to other build scripts, such as Ant. I even sat through a great session by Ben Alman (the creator) at the 2012 jQuery Conference in San Francisco.
When I initially took a look at the project and what it would take to get up and running, I was a little intimidated and did not really know where to begin. So, as I usually do in those situations, I put it off. Finally, after about a year of hearing so many positive opinions about Grunt, I decided to just sit down for an afternoon and dig into it. I am so glad I did because I absolutely LOVE it!
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