Trackers begone!

Starting today no longer tracks visitors using JavaScript. What this means is that you can browse this website with Yandex.Browser or Ghostery and not see any trackers show up. There may be an exception or two for older posts with YouTube video embeds though all existing known trackers have been removed and any others uncovered will be removed on a go-forward basis. I’m doing this out of respect for individual privacy and to raise awareness of tracking on the Web.

Awesome React Boilerplates

Not interested in reinventing the wheel? Neither am I. Here’s a short list of awesome React boilerplates – sometimes knows as starter kits, seeds or skeletons – for getting React-based applications off the ground in a hurry. These application templates were not taken from any list, however awesome that list might actually be. Rather, they’ve gained enough mindshare to find me outside The Stream. They’re open source and waiting for you to clone, fork and build upon for your next React project.

Reflecting on React Native development

I’d originally planned to make this a tutorial on how to build a React Native app. But to give it justice I’m doing a Webcast. Instead, what I’ll share with you here are some of my top takeaways from building my first iOS app with React Native. These are coming from the viewpoint of an experienced Web developer building a native app for the first time. Things I wish I’d known earlier kinda stuff. So without further ado…

Back in , while I was seated at a developer conference gawking as Paul Irish was teaching us about the foamy rules of rabid tools I also learned about building single-page apps with Backbone.js. BrowserSync wasn’t a thing yet, and most engineers I knew had never even heard of CoffeeScript and SublimeText. And hardly anyone I knew at the time in Chicago was using GitHub.

I installed DOSBox on my Raspberry Pi today so I could play one of my favorite childhood games: Ultima Underworld - The Stygian Abyss. You can learn more about this game on Abandonia. If you like what you see, follow this guide to set it up on your RPi and be instantly transported back in time with this 1992 retro classic.