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Wes Bos

Wes Bos

XL5G3 Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, NX2V1, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

Playing: 070: Potluck - Programming Languages × Soft Skills × PHP vs JS × Breakdancing x Spice Blends



Aug 29th, 2018

Potluck - Programming Languages × Soft Skills × PHP vs JS × Breakdancing x Spice Blends

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It's another potluck episode in which Wes and Scott answer your questions! This month - programming languages, how to practice soft skills, PHP vs JS, is it every too late to become a developer, and more.

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Show Notes


  • Why don't you work with Typescript?


  • How do you recommend working with APIs/libraries that compete with the DOM (e.g. d3 + react, react + google maps)?


  • What is meant by the word "state" when referring to Vue or React?




  • As someone trying to break into the field of programming, should you build everything from scratch, or it ok to use plugins and libraries?


  • What would WordPress be like if it were built on Node and GraphQL?
  • Ghost


  • I'm learning JavaScript at 34... Do you think I can learn to breakdance at 34 too?


  • How do you handle high level page layout when using styled components?


  • As a junior dev, should I switch from PHP and Laravel to full stack JS? I love PHP, but JS is taking over.


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