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Using Getters and Setters in JavaScript

Using Getters and Setters in JavaScript

Creating Objects in Javascript allows complex functionality while exposing only certain functions. Sometimes it's helpful to expose Object properties as well and unless they're simply read-write attributes, it may not be immediately clear how to how[...]

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Using template strings in ES6

Using template strings in ES6

I bought my first book on JavaScript somewhere around 1998, and the topic of String manipulation was limited to using the "+" operator to join two strings and using the "+=" operator to append to an existing string. For the most part little changed[...]

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JavaScript Object Constructors and Classes

JavaScript Object Constructors and Classes

While exploring the details of ES6, one of the first things that you'll read about is the new class keyword. It's not really something new, rather a new way to do the same thing we were doing before. It's simply a different way to create JavaScript[...]

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Getting started with Angular 4 without a seed

Getting started with Angular 4 without a seed

There is a lot more to Angular development than Javascript and Typescript. The tooling required to fully leverage the framework is quite extensive. You need to consider debugging, building and distributing, and testing. Each of those take additional[...]

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Developing erosion resistant software

Developing erosion resistant software

We often see clients with IT teams and projects that, over time, suffer from software erosion. The business requirements, or the IT landscape around the software, are changing faster than the software. The software team is no longer able to deliver[...]

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Node.js Performance Tuning

Node.js Performance Tuning

Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast and scalable network applications. It provides an event-driven architecture and a non-blocking I/O for application throughput and scalability. That's all well and[...]

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6 Reasons to deploy Node.js with Nginx

6 Reasons to deploy Node.js with Nginx

Node.js is an amazing platform for creating dynamic web applications. It handles high volumes easily and the npm ecosystem provides hundreds of modules that include some very good pre-built features but, like anything, Node.js has it's limitations.[...]

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The Twelve-Factor app Methodology

The Twelve-Factor app Methodology

Delivering services over the web requires building software that is suitable for deploying to an environment that allows for scaling up without significant changes to the application itself. It should allow businesses to take advantage of high[...]

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Introduction to Node.js

Introduction to Node.js

We've been developing solutions with Node.js for a couple years now and once you wrap your head around a few simple concepts, going back to anything else feels like work. Before getting into details, lets talk about a few key points. Node.js is not[...]

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Manage Your Legacy Systems

Manage Your Legacy Systems

When working with new customers, one of the first things we get to see is the current state of the applications that they use to run their business. Sometimes it's a 3rd party application that they've purchased off the shelf, sometimes it's an[...]

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Grunt tips

Grunt tips

I've heard plenty of developers talk about how being "lazy" has pushed them into using build scripts, but that's not being fair to the value that can be achieved from a good build script. It's not about being lazy, it's about being smart. The[...]

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What is this 'DevOps'?

What is this 'DevOps'?

The computer industry is famous for creating lingo, acronyms and buzzwords. So much so that there are even boardroom games like Buzzword Bingo. When new terminology comes along we have to sort out where it fits. Wikipedia shows DevOps as the[...]

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Why hire a full stack developer?

Why hire a full stack developer?

Modern software development has changed a lot from the days where entire apps were written with UI and business logic in a single code base. Today there are a lot more layers and it's not simply about front-end, infrastructure, server-side, and[...]

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Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

When we talk about software project estimates, a section on Testing is usually the first one to take some heat. While the argument could be made that the necessity of software testing on small project is be less than that of a large project, it's[...]

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API: What’s all the hype?

API: What’s all the hype?

You've probably heard the term 'API' when talking to software development types, or as I like to call them, people. An API is an Application Programming Interface. To the layperson it's how developers separate a user interface from software[...]

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