April 6th, 2020 × #abstraction#javascript#components

Hasty Treat - Abstraction

Wes and Scott discuss abstraction in programming - what it is, when to use it, benefits like reusability and testing, guidelines, examples of good abstraction, and differences between personal and public code.


In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about abstraction in general as well as javascript programming.

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Show Notes

1:48 - What the heck is abstraction?

  • I like to think of it as sweeping under the rug
  • Vue and React devs should be very familiar with the concept

4:44 - When to abstract

  • When things are getting too heavy
  • Personal preference
  • Some people have an arbitrary line limit

7:25 - When not to abstract

  • When savings are minimal
  • When it just adds a pointless layer

9:40 - Personal code abstractions vs public

  • My personal focus is on API simplicity and baked-in smart defaults
  • More specific
  • Public APIs need to be more flexible or at least for some components

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