This Week In CloseBrace - 6/22/17

It was supposed to be a nice week in New York City, having a few business meetings, working from coffee shops, writing tutorials …

And then I realized that in the tutorial I'd written last Thursday, I introduced a change that mangled React hot-loading. D'oh! This led down a rabbit hole of research and bug-hunting that lasted until Wednesday afternoon, and involved a lot of frustration. The good news is: I finally figured out the problem and came up with a frankly much better solution for getting Webpack hot-reloading to play nicely with Express. The bad news: I didn't get nearly as much writing done as I'd hoped. Oh well … at least I did spend a lot of time working from coffee shops!

That's how it goes sometimes, and that's OK. Fortunately, I've had some great meetings this week with friends and mentors who've spent a lot of time working for tech startups, including two CEOs who had a lot of information and advice that'll prove hugely valuable. I also learned quite a bit of new stuff about React in the process of researching the issue I was encountering, and feel that MusicList and the tutorial series will be better off because of it!

Let's talk tutorials. As always, I posted new ones on Tuesday and Thursday. We have Five Minute React 29 - React Folders and Template in which we get set up for real, non-example React development, and Five Minute React 30 - Building Out Components, in which we cover setting up a template and some page-level components, including making some mistakes that we'll fix in a later tutorial.

On that note, I've decided that I'm going to scale MusicList back a bit, in order to wrap up this series more quickly (we're already at 30 videos and there's still a lot more to cover). We're still going to create a fully-functioning app, we're just going to reduce the feature set a bit. I'm going to write an entire article explaining exactly what the MusicList app is going to do and how we're going to get there, and will be posting that next week. I think it'll be useful both for those who've been following the series so far, and those who are new to it and wondering what the heck the plan is.

I'm also still working on my Brief, Incomplete History of JavaScript article. I'm hoping to get some quotes from influential developers to really help round it out, but I won't delay it too long if that doesn't come together. I think it's going to be a fun, informative article to read either way.

That's about it for this week. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

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