A little fun with Javascript

Just playing around with the spread operator and I found a neat little design pattern I think I am going to work in:

let testArr = [9,1, 2, 6, 3, 4];
const newMax = (arr) => {
  if(arr.length === 1) { return console.log('end')};
  var [a, ...arr] = arr;
  let max = Math.max(a,...arr);
  console.log(max ,' >=', ...arr);
9 ' >=' 1 2 6 3 4
6 ' >=' 2 6 3 4
6 ' >=' 6 3 4
6 ' >=' 3 4
4 ' >=' 4

Seems a fun way to look for edges like in the water trap toy problem? I am not sure, but it will be fun to play around with it.

Another thing that used to annoy me was how you had to use string concatenation. It just looked so ugly. I finally (okay I am late to the party) started using backticks for multi-line parties!

var motion = `Le mouvement de lacet sur la berge des chutes du fleuve,
Le gouffre à l’étambot,
La célérité de la rampe,
L’énorme passade du courant
Mènent par les lumières inouïes
Et la nouveauté chimique
Le voyageurs entourés des trombes du val
Et du strom.`

And finally a little more fun with the spread operator (thanks Alex Rauschmayer) but you can make an array only contain unique values in a very clean, native way.

const arr = [7, 3, 1, 3, 3, 7];
[...new Set(arr)]
[ 7, 3, 1 ]

100% Code Coverage or Die!

I have been working on my next tutorial. It will be a hapi.js api (maybe even with a React/Redux client) as close to production quality as I can get without a different (aka better) hardware infrastructure. Quality error messages, logging, input validation, fully documented, authentication with scopes and most importantly testing with 100% code coverage.

This is what I am currently working on and it’s been interesting learning how Hapi.js gets tested and what differences configuration over coding makes in my approach. So far I like it even though I am struggling with some specific routes. It is always fun to learn something new and feel that struggle again. I certainly prefer to have to work at something for a bit over working on the same thing over and over again.

I should have something ready in the next few days, maybe a week! I swear I just love coding so much!


5 Myths About Javascript

1. JavaScript is ECMAScript.

ActionScript and JScript are other languages that implement the ECMAScript.  JavaScript was submitted to ECMA for standardization but due to trademark issues with the name Javascript the standard became called ECMAScript. Every browser has a JavaScript interpreter.

2. JavaScript just for the front end.

With the advent of nodejs and io.js (and others) this is no longer true. JavaScript can now be used to build full fledged RESTful and socket based API’s. Take a look at loopback.io and hapi.js for two (of many) API libraries.

3. JavaScript is simple.

There was a period of time that JavaScript was for front end DOM manipulation and that was about it. Over time the language has matured into a wonderful and powerful functional programming language that can emulate multiple types of inheritance paradigms.

4. JavaScript is not scalable

If this were the case we would not see companies like Google and Facebook spending so much time using it. These guys know scalable and almost everything you use on both of those sites rely on the fact that it is scalable, modular and extensible.

5. JavaScript is boring

No way! You can do so much with it that boring should never enter your mind. Even if you think you have mastered the language, if you explore a bit more you will find the weird stuff left over to maintain backwards compatibility. Check out wtfjs.com for more.