A Redux in Price

Looking back on learning to code originally, it started when I played script kiddie back in the mid-90’s using AOHell.1 But getting a hold of scripts like that to play with meant getting closer to the warez scene on EFNet, which is where I started picking up parts of my first scripting language. But rather than tell you the yawn-inducing story of how I learned to create a successful ratio-driven FTP dumpsite and wire it to an eggdrop reporting real-time race stats on IRC2, I want to instead tell you about what it costs to learn Redux. Which really means the price of simply learning to code.

  1. If you were online back in the AOL 2 days terms like Mass Mail and Mailbomb may make you feel equally as nostalgic.

  2. This may or may not have landed the campus network administrator at my door back in college. There’s just no t3ing.

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.