We're back after a short Memorial Day break. Hope everyone had a great holiday or, as it was known in the rest of the world, Monday. I spent much of Tuesday in the car, making the not-particularly-arduous-but-pretty-rainy trip between Syracuse, NY and Providence, RI. Still managed to post a tutorial that evening, though, keeping CloseBrace's streak of releasing a new tutorial every Tuesday and Thursday since launch alive.
So let's talk tutorials! On Tuesday, I published Five Minute React 23 - Installing React Necessities, in which we cover a bunch of Node modules you'll need if you want to get Webpack, Babel, and React up and running. On Thursday, I posted Five Minute React 24 - Setting Up Webpack, in which we go over the basics of Webpack and create the configuration files we'll need to get it compiling React and our components into a single file for use in our application.
What this means is some exciting news: next Tuesday (the 6th), we'll be writing our first lines of React code and checking them out in the browser! I know it's been quite a journey to get to this point, but this is a complex series of tutorials and I wanted to make sure to take the time to explain each part of the setup in detail. Hope it's been educational so far … and I hope you'll stick with me. There's still a lot to learn!
Due to the shortened week, I haven't been back to the new comments system yet, but I've collected and filed several bug reports and suggestions from my beta users. None of the requests for change are particularly difficult, and I expect to knock them all out next week, which means we're very close to deploying the new system for everyone to use. That'll be a relief for me, for a couple of reasons, one of which is that it'll be much easier for me to track who's commenting and make sure I respond in a timely fashion (and another of which will be that the current system isn't very good and I don't like using not-very-good tech on my sites!).
That's about it for this week. Looking forward to diving into React with you next week. See you then!