React CSS - Styled Components

Published Jul 16, 2018

Why I prefer Styled Components

I prefer Styled Components because I feel like it is more inline with the core component philosophy of react. React is all about creating reusable components, and really pushed the idea of bundling the templating (HTML) and behavior (JS) together into components. So it always felt a bit wonky to me to still put my CSS in a separate file and connect my styling using regular CSS class and id targeting.

Get a Facebook Page Access Token That Never Expires

Published Mar 21, 2018

With the facebook API, page tokens can often be used in place of user tokens. This is very useful because if you are doing something with a business, its not ideal to have to use your own user token for everything. However, if you don’t want to have to recreate a new token all the time, you have to go through the process of getting a long-lived page access token.

Express.js With ES6 and Babel

Published Feb 16, 2018

Express.js doesn’t come with es6 out of the box. But its actually not that hard to add.

I’m going to go over how to easily add ES6 support to your project using the babel-cli, as well as show you some of the things you need to do so your app will be ready for production later.

Deploying Node.js on Azure App Services

Published Feb 14, 2018

I know, I know, I know, Microsoft is not the company you think of when its time to figure out where to host your Node.js app, but Azure has a surprisingly robust suite of services now. And deploying to Azure App Services was easier than I expected.

Serverless Back-End for React - Your Introduction to Serverless Architecture

Published Jan 29, 2018

I believe Serverless is the next big thing in web development. I discuss the what, why, and how of Serverless. Then I show you how to build a simple backend for a react app. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.