Modern UI Development With Node.js

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Modern UI Development With Node.js

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Worlds first web page launched Sir Tim Berners-Lee writes HTML, URI, and HTTP 1990 CSS Re 1991

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e Brehm coins the m “isomorphic” om/isomorphic-javascript-future-web-apps/ Michael Jackson says “universal” is better https://medium.com/@mjackson/universal-javascript-4761051b7ae9 2011 2015

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Step  0

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Use. Modules. http://mattsbrickgallery.tumblr.com/post/48739663720

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An IIFE is not a module! ES6 or CommonJS

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ES6 Modules ECMA spec browsers will (eventually) implement strict mode default named exports and imports

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ES6 Modules spec had been under churn browser support coming along slowly transpolation can get messy cannot conditionally load them

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CommonJS Node.js default module system A single syntax for all the modules conditional loading

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CommonJS No strict mode default different syntax for browser and node conditional loading is a double edge sword

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The code you write today is the code that will be copied tomorrow. https://pixabay.com/p-26556/?no_redirect

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What is the first thing developers do when they start coding in a new project?

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⌘+c ⌘+v

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Babel now!

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ui components as classes

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These aren’t even mixins!

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They should be modules!

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UI components are modules

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The build pipeline is the foundation modern UI projects are built on. http://mdti.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/exterior-wall-crack-cropped.jpg

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Your build chain is your development lifeline. Treat it accordingly

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Each step is a module.

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Each module does one thing (demo)

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Rule of thumb If you have to require more than one plugin you might want to create another module.

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Tip! Save your globs in a separate JSON file and require them into your build modules.

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Use your build tool to automate mundane tasks. http://www.companiesandmarkets.com/Content/DynamicMedia/cms-uploaded/X-20140605161048330.jpg

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just do it

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Test as you code

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Test as you code Test before you push

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Test as you code Test before you push Test in you CI Server

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Tip! Make testing easy and people will do it.

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Easy is… fast automated easy to bootstrap having a culture of testing

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Code  Quality

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Why lint? catch common errors catch oops moments (console.log, debugger)

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Why eslint? Style checker Pluggable Future friendly: ES6, JSX configure rules [ignore, warn, error]

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Nesting is the worst thing to happen to CSS.

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You should never see this in css!

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Don’t let lint errors in your repos. https://odetojoandkatniss.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/gc-nope.png

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push hooks

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For GIT Add these files to your .git directory’s hooks folder pre-commit pre-push pre-rebase commit-msg post-update post-checkout post-merge http://www.sitepoint.com/introduction-git-hooks/

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This is your “Nope” button pre-commit pre-push pre-rebase commit-msg post-update post-checkout post-merge http://www.sitepoint.com/introduction-git-hooks/

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git push --no-verify

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Continuously Lint & Test Add your testing and linting as part of the build process and in your CI tool.

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Public shaming is a great motivator.

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Automate Adding Hooks

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business logic, maybe some sql

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business logic, maybe some sql php/jsp/asp/erb/etc

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business logic, maybe some sql php/jsp/asp/erb/etc run some JS on the client

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RESTful API’s JS template on the server

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RESTful API’s JS template on the server interactive JS on the client

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There is a large cost to context switching.

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Proceed with Caution! Let node do what it’s good at, nothing more. Don’t block Don’t implement business logic fire & forget, take advantage of the message queue

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Make calls to async services Compose a template Send the response

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Some things have to be synchronous. Keep as many of those at startup as you can.

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Be aware of the “hot” path! Code that will run with EVERY request.

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Keep your functional programming off the hot path.

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But what if?

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RESTful API’s JavaScript

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Don’t let the demos fool you! Universal JS is hard!

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Calling a template with some data to produce HTML is easy

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De-hydrating data in Node and re-hydrating client in the browser is HARD.

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Getting your data can be really hard.

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Use meta data to tell other modules what data the UI needs.

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In React, statics are perfect for this.

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Bind Falkor paths

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Load i18n strings

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Webpack & Browserify

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Node code vs Browser code Client code is bundled, node code isn’t.

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Why not run bundles in Node? It only takes a few configuration tweaks http://jlongster.com/Backend-Apps-with-Webpack--Part-I

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0) Collect your node_modules

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Not a “hot” code path

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1) Add another config to webpack.config.js

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Export an array

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Have multiple targets

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2) Tell web pack to ignore your requires for node_modules AND your CSS

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No Node node_modules

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No css

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$> node build/server.js

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Next level Stuff

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Weback dev server & hot module swapping. (demo)

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Last thoughts…

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Start Small When Transitioning There are lots of learnings to be had from a single page

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Routing Layer ( /path match ) Node Legacy Service Service Service

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Iterate on Modules Modules don’t have to be perfect at first learn & refactor

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Keep your code clean Don’t let bad code infect your repository.

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Automate People are lazy. They will do the easy things and ignore the hard things.

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References http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-world-wideweb--webdesign-8710 http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com/ http://nerds.airbnb.com/isomorphic-javascript-future-web-apps/ http://jlongster.com/Backend-Apps-with-Webpack--Part-I

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Thank You. ranklam@netflix.com ryan.anklam@gmail.com

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