Typescript: the key to a maintainable JavaScript codebase


So here's a question, if someone told you to draw a sketch would you like to be rulers and grids OR do you prefer to just have a blank canvas? One gives you structure, guidance and assistance, while the other gives you freedom. This is exactly the same argument with statically typed language VS dynamically typed language. This question has been around for a long time, and no one has managed to settled the argument yet.

Redux testing - Invariant violation error


I came across this error "Invariant Violation: You must pass a component to the function returned by connect. Instead received undefined" when trying to debug React/Redux app. This article walks through how I went about to solve it, and what was the issue.

Why do projects always end up with tech debt?


As a developer, I have both explained and heard others explain to less technical people about how the team need to slow down adding new features/functionalities and take care of some tech debt first. Often, the management asks why. Sometimes it is hard to communicate the idea across to some people. In fact, it is quite nature for tech debt to occur and it is no one's fault that this happens. It has always bothered me when tech debt become a point of tension between developers and management. Because I think it happens so often that everyone, developers and management, should understand why projects end up with tech debts, what they are and how to manage them.

Migrated blog to Gatsby & Contentful


One of the reason why there wasn't any blog post recently was because I was migrating my blog to a new platform...again. I can't remember how many times it has been in the past few years, and this is excluding the times where I investigated in other blogging platform but didn't decide to commit. But I'm happy to announce that this new platform should be much easier for me to create content going forward. In this post, I wanted to explain how it works now and why I've spend month migrating again.

Blogging with Hugo & Netlify & Forestry.io


About 10 months ago I switched from Ghost blog to Hexo. I decided Hexo because it would be generating static site, which is great for SEO. It can be hosted on Github pages, which saves some £££. Then there is the most important reason: so I don't have to spend energy and time on maintaining the blog server and constantly migrating to newer Ghost versions.

The simplest answer to - should I use Redux in my React app?


There are a lot of good answers on the internet for this question already, I have no doubt that they all provide a much more complete explanation. But sometimes a high level understanding is enough to make an decision, instead of wasting hours of research then come to the decision that it is not needed. In this article, I’ll give the shortest answer I can come up with to answer this question.