Article Roundup - Week of Apr 22, 2018

April 27, 2018 • Article Roundup

Angular 6 wants to be smaller, faster and easier-to-use
I recently started trying to learn Angular. The documentation is good, there are plenty of examples out there, but it is still a complex framework with a lot to learn. I’m happy to see the next version focusing on being easier to use.

How to use React’s new Context API to easily manage modals
Modals can be painful to work worth. Managing their state, controlling them, working them into logic flows. This article shows a way to make use of React 16.3’s new Context API that should help make some of that simpler. It’s a rudimentary example but should extend well if put into practice.

GitLab 10.7 released with open source Web IDE and SAST for Go and C/C++!
GitLab has open sourced their Web IDE. I’ve only used their IDE once, but it was a pretty good experience. I’m looking forward to seeing more things built with it.

How to do a Product Critique
I really wanted to include this article, but I’m not sure what I most want to say about it. I guess the best thing to say is that the article lays out a method for evaluating products that will make them easier to compare. This may be good if you end up writing a report on a product, but it can also be good if you are trying to decide between two products. It may also be a valuable set of questions to ask yourself about your own products and projects.

Keeping Engineers Engaged And Happy Is Critical - Here’s How To Do It
Engagement, moral, and motivation are all tricky subjects. It’s all a balancing act, but if things are balanced right things tend to get expensive for employers. Hiring engineers is not cheap.

Techie to tech lead: My five biggest mistakes
We learn by making mistakes. If we can learn from someone else’s mistakes, that’s even better. This article was written by a technical lead about the biggest mistakes he made in his new position.

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Jason Butz is a software engineer and cloud architect with a strong focus on JavaScript, TypeScript, Node, and AWS. Jason has a love for open-soure software and a passion for building scalable, secure, and reliable applications.