Virtual reality with React: Moving from React VR to React 360

Recently, I built a virtual reality application called Find Your Zen — originally built in React VR, now ported over to React 360 — which allows the user to choose his or her immersive meditation environment, each of which comes with its own mantra inspired by the show “The Good Place”. If you want an … More Virtual reality with React: Moving from React VR to React 360

Recompose with React VR

Functional programming is a hot topic in React development these days, and for good reason. At work, when I began using Recompose, “a React utility belt for function components and higher-order components” created by Andrew Clark, I liked the way Recompose instantly transformed the way I coded — and thought about coding — in React. … More Recompose with React VR

Trouble in paradise (The create-react-app edition)

It was a beautiful Saturday morning: the dawn of St. Paddy’s. After encountering an adequate number of cute dogs on a morning walk, noting snow melting in the tentative spring sunshine, and grabbing coffee with a sweet and brilliant friend, I felt inspired to start working on a side project on my brand new Mac! … More Trouble in paradise (The create-react-app edition)

Delicious (and not so delicious) metaphors for Redux

Last month, I attended React Boston 2017, the first-ever React conference in the Boston area. Saturday and Sunday were filled with informative and eye-opening talks about the JavaScript library React — especially its newest iteration, React 16, which offers a lot of cool changes — and Redux. I spent my weekend learning about different opinions … More Delicious (and not so delicious) metaphors for Redux

Async/Await Will Make Your Code Simpler – Patrick Triest

At work last week, the new Async/Await syntax caught my eye, prompting me to point like an eager five-year-old at some new and shiny thing: “Wait, what’s that?!” As far as I’m concerned, a few months ago, all the cool kids were still chaining promises and using “catch” functions to structure their asynchronous API calls … More Async/Await Will Make Your Code Simpler – Patrick Triest

Avoiding deeply nested component trees – Ruben Oostinga – Medium.com

If you’re a ReactJS developer, I highly recommend Ruben’s article, which you can find┬áhere. I appreciate Ruben’s insights into how to improve React components’ compliance with the single-responsibility principle, one of the pillars of good object-oriented design. As Ruben points out, passing data down through multiple parent components — in order to give it to … More Avoiding deeply nested component trees – Ruben Oostinga – Medium.com

A life update

The past several months have been a whirlwind, so here’s a short list of personal and professional happenings, in no particular order: I passed my 1-year mark as an instructor and developer at Launch Academy, and switched from the virtual team to the on-campus team and back, teaching students from all different backgrounds about web … More A life update