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Accessing Localhost in Parallels

When you start a Node web server using it’s HTTP interface you will by default run on a specific host that resolves to 127.0.0.1, your localhost. Here’s how to access your NodeJS server on Mac in Windows using Parallels.

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I'm Not Proud

I’m not proud of the code I wrote today. In fact, I hated it. But that’s okay, it did what it needed to. And I’m going to redo it tomorrow.

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Published Article: Reusable Components with Atomic Design

Structuring components in a reusable, discoverable way is a challenge across teams with diverse requirements. It can be difficult for developers unfamiliar with your library. Id like to introduce the idea of Atomic Development using React and styled-components.

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2018 Review / 2019 Aims

Wow. 2018 was a real rollercoaster for me. This is a brief review so that I can look back on what I achieved, and set out what I hope I can achieve in web development this year.

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Published Article: React Accessibility

In the recent past, I’ve heard React being criticised for not being accessible, or for allowing practices that don’t help developers think about accessibility. I have to disagree.

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Send Your Blogs!

I started a mini project this week to collect developer blogs so that I can connect more with the community. I hope that this can be a way of encouraging people to do more with their personal blogs…

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A React performance case study

Part of the way through a project to replace an app with a static site generated by Gatsbyjs, initial tests revealed that we there was a lot we could do to improve the performance. These are the steps we took to cut load times to under 3 seconds.

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Three Conversations to Serverless

When Im explaining the idea of Serverless architecture it often takes three conversations before someone understands where I’m coming from, why we put up with the sometimes difficult to understand restrictions it puts on development, and ultimately why it can be extremely useful. In this post, I’m going to document these three conversations that Ive had with many people in the last few months.

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Atomic Development

Structuring components in a reusable, discoverable way has been a challenge for some recent projects I’ve worked on. I’ve seen different approaches used, but now I think I’ve found a method that’s basically intuitive, avoids duplication of effort and facilitates easy discovery of components.

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The Future of WordPress

The blogging platform WordPress has done a huge amount to democratise publishing, to make writing and publishing available to everyone. The new Gutenberg content editor is a bold move, one that will really help many of the millions who use it … but it won’t help everyone.

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“Wisest are they who know they do not know.” —Jostein Gaarder