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Wes Bos

Wes Bos

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

Scott Tolinski

Scott Tolinski

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

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Aug 19th, 2020

Potluck - Subscriptions × ES Modules in Node × Chicken Thigh × Being a Good Dad × Refactoring × More!

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It's another potluck! In this episode, Scott and Wes answer your questions about React subscriptions, ES Modules in Node, how to cook a chicken thigh, being a good dad and more!

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Show Notes

02:11 - What are "subscriptions" in React, or in programming in general? The React docs mention that setting up a subscription is an example of a side effect, but what exactly is a subscription, and how do you set one up?

05:43 - Using the latest node esm imports, is it possible to use aliases? Using the old require() syntax I used the npm package module-alias ( https://www.npmjs.com/package/module-alias), but I cannot seem to find a solution for node v14 imports. In a deeply nested file, I find the import '../../../some/folder' syntax to be awful compared to require('@/some/folder').

09:20 - I've been a full-time developer for over 10 years and my company has a fairly flat hierarchy. I want to take on more responsibility (and salary) but my company doesn't have anything like a "lead developer" position. Any ideas for how to move up without switching companies? I know my boss would be receptive if I came to him with a pitch, but we work full stack so it feels like I'm already doing it all.

12:59 - In Wes’ website episode, he mentioned using Gatsby Parallels for images. Why not git LFS?

17:25 - For Wes: Any Big Green Egg tips for beginners? I just ordered a kamado style grill and I'd appreciate any tasty tips you've got.

22:45 - Inline code is considered harmful because of potential XSS attacks. Lighthouse recommends inlining critical CSS to improve page speed. What do you think about this tradeoff?

26:30 - What advice would both of you have for being a first-time father, and how can I best prepare? My wife is pregnant, and we are both very excited! I want to do the best I can at being a good father. Our baby is due in January. As both of you are fathers (multiple times), I would love to hear your thoughts.

32:58 - Are present web developers merely crud bastards for corporate culture? If not, What entrepreneurial opportunities are open with Javascript and hooking up React with backend Node/Laravel and reading the Google Map docs? Of course the list isn't exhaustive but you get my point right? Note: I'm not interested in selling courses and creating frameworks.

37:08 - Do you have any use for ES6 Generators and yield? It seems that they are a mechanism for async-await "under the hood," so using 'async-await' is probably sufficient.

39:10 - With a legacy project that has old build dependencies how do you decide when to retool and fix all the npm audit issues?

46:10 - In what instances do you prefer to use rem vs em vs pixels for font size? I usually think about it like so: if I'm okay with an element's font size being sized based on the parent, then I'll use em. If not, then I'll use rem. I almost never use pixels anymore except sometimes on the html element. But even then, I usually use a percentage. In practice, I've found it a bit hard to gauge what to expect with ems because of nesting issues. So, I've mostly been leaning towards rem. Though I also understand that using rems can be less modular. How do you guys make the decision?

52:49 - Hello chaps. Thank you so much for the show, I've learned an awful lot through listening. I've been dabbling in development for some time now and have taken on a project for an Express site which aside from a few static pages will include a shop with a small number of items (<5), customer dashboard (order tracking and submitting supplementary order info), and an image centric journal/blog section. I've listened and re-listened to your CMS roundup which is great, but having worked through Wes' Node course I'm kinda thinking why would I spend the time integrating a CMS when I can just build an 'Add Post' page for admin users, save the posts in Mongo, upload images to my server, and use Cloudflare's free tier CDN. Please explain why this is (or isn't🤷‍♂️) a bad idea, and more generally share your wisdom on when a CMS is or isn't actually necessary. PEAACE!

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